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Volumes already published

I. Llibre de virtuts e de pecats, ed. Fernando Domínguez (1990).

Finished in Mallorca in January, 1313, this work has a twofold purpose, didactic and homiletic, being directed as much toward the clergy as toward laymen interested in the religious education and the moral renewal of society. It presents the definitive formulation of Llull’s unusual and original theory of the art of preaching, reached after a long consideration of the problems of communication within the context of the medieval  world in which he was immersed. This is the first edition of the Catalan text of the work.

II. Llibre del gentil e dels tres savis, ed. Anthony Bonner (22001). 

Written between 1274 and 1276, this work introduces three wise men, a Jew, Christian and a Muslim, who try to persuade a gentile of the truth of their respective faiths. The arguments are presented with exemplary courtesy,  in great contrast to the usual tone of interreligious controversies of the thirteenth century, to say nothing of the twenty-first, and this to a point where the wise men, at the end of the book, ask the gentile not to disclose which religion he has chosen, so as to allow them to continue their interesting and instructive discussions. And this in spite of the fact that there is no doubt that Llull felt that the version of his Art used in this work demonstrated that the truth corresponded to Christianity. This is the first critical edition of the book.

III. Llibre dels articles de la fe, ed. Antoni Joan Pons; Què deu hom creure de Déu, ed. Jordi Gayà; Llibre contra Anticrist, ed. Gret Schib (1996). 

This volume offers three expositions of the Christian faith dating from different periods of Llull’s production. The first (1296), previously unedited in its Catalan version, even though it was one of Llull’s works most frequently copied and printed, gives a systematic presentation of the Articles of Faith. The second (1302), unpublished until now, was written to provide laymen in contact with Muslims the doctrinal weapons necessary for defending the Christian faith. The last (1275-76) aims to demonstrate how Llull’s “necessary reasons” could also be an effective weapon against the temptations of the Antichrist.

IV. Lògica nova, ed. Anthony Bonner (1998).

Llull’s work on logic, written in 1303, is nova because it is based on the Art. It attempts to provide rules for the correction, not of language, but rather for our understanding of reality, a rather unusual approach within the history of logic. Here language becomes secondary to ontology, logic to metaphysics. The universe which Llull tries to order is of an extreme realism: the Platonic reality of the concept of genus, for example, sustains all other genera, and even species receives its being from genus. This is the first edition of the Catalan version of the text.

V. Començaments de medicina, Tractat d’astronomia, ed. Lola Badia (2002). 

Here we have the only two Lullian scientific monographs of which medieval Catalan versions exist. The first work (1274-83) as well as the second (1297) present the relationship between the traditional principles (the ‘antics principis’) of the corresponding disciplines, and the principles derived from the Lullian Art, so that the doctor or astrologist can be guided, in the exercise of his particular specialty, by a theoretical model permitting him to insert the rational nucleus of his work within a general frame of knowledge.

VI. Començaments de filosofia, ed. Fernando Domínguez (2003). 

This work was begun in Paris in 1299 and finished the following year in Majorca; when Llull arrived in the French capital various speculative tendencies were troubling the waters of professional philosophers. The present volume puts forward and defends certain philosophical principles which are conceived as being constitutively and necessarily concordant with the principles of theology. The text is written with the rigour characteristic of geometry and shuns all unnecessary ornamentation in order to approximate to a naked version of the truth. This is the first edition of the Catalan version.

VII. Doctrina pueril, ed. Joan Santanach (2005). 

Ramon Llull wrote the Doctrina pueril between the years 1274 and 1276. Despite the fact that it is one of the first books he composed after the Brief Art of Finding Truth (l'Art abreujada d'atrobar veritat), it is a work in which the presence of Artistic elements is very scarce. Llull conceived it as a means of instructing those people —children, but adults as well— who did not have access to a sound doctrinal and intellectual education, to whom it was necessary, before anything, to offer certain minimum ideas concerning Christian doctrine and other aspects which we could characterize as pertaining to general culture.

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