The Physiology of Vice in the Middle Ages
The project studies material and naturalistic explanations for human behaviour through the widely applied model of the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, anger, avarice, sloth, lechery and gluttony. In so doing, it considers how priests used medicine, both as a metaphor and a material practice, in diagnosing and treating people who came to confession. Two important movements occurs in this period: the codification of confession and the emergence of medicine as an academic study. Both events resulted in the circulation and translation of these texts. The project studies how these two fields of knowledge interacted in the period, 1215-1500.
Title of Project
The Physiology of Vice in the Later Middle Ages
10/01/2011 - 09/30/2013
History of religion, Church studies, History of science and ideas, History of medicine, Literature, English language, Health and medical services in society
Head of research
Virginia Langum, Department of language studies