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Sophia University Institute of Medieval Thought Official Website

Main Activities

Our institute’s main activities are collecting scholarly books and journals on European medieval thought, history, literature, arts, law, medicine, etc. (both primary and secondary sources), and publishing academic books and translated original texts. Both of these tasks aim to promote research on medieval thought and related fields. We also organize lecture presentations and course lectures at the Sophia Community College.


History

By a consensus among scholars of medieval thought at Sophia University, the University of Tokyo, Keio University, University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo, and Tokyo Metropolitan University, the institute was founded in 1956 with assistance from the (then) Ministry of Education (established first as “Research Room for the Study of Medieval Philosophy” within the Sophia University Department of Philosophy, then reorganized in 1976 as “Institute of Medieval Thought”).


Library Facilities

Our book collection covers the period from early Christian times (2nd century) to the late Middle Ages, as well as the 16th and 17th centuries, under the aspects of Christian theology, philosophy (including Jewish and Arabic philosophy), literature, history, education, law, history of science, and others, of these periods.
* Collection size: ca. 60,000 volumes (ca. 2,500 Japanese volumes, 56,000 Western volumes, 13 Japanese periodicals, and 74 Western periodicals).
* Language of books: Latin, Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese.
* Please refer to the classification table.

Use of the book collection

Faculty members and students as well as members of “Friends of Sophia University Library” may borrow library resources (except books and periodicals that may be used only in the library). Check-out periods follow the Sophia University Central Library guidelines. Members of the Japanese Society of Medieval Philosophy, the Classical Society of Japan, the Japan Society for Medieval European Studies, the Japanese Society for Patristic Studies, the Japanese Society for Neoplatonic Studies, and the Japanese Association for Eastern Christian Studies may check-out 4 items for 2 months (please contact us if you live in a remote place). In-library-only resources are available for reading and copying. Inter-library loans (ILLs) for users not mentioned here are also available.


Benedictus

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Sophia University, the Institute of Medieval Thought has launched the independent book collection search system Benedictus. Using this system, search into a wide field of related topics becomes possible. The system’s name “Benedictus” is derived from Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–547/60), who encouraged monks to do some spiritual reading every day (Regula, 48, 15).


How to search the local book collection

1) Search using the Sophia University Central Library Book Search System OPAC
2) Search using the Sophia University Institute of Medieval Thought’s search system “Benedictus
* User Guide for Benedictus (PDF)

Open Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 to 16:30
Thursday 12:30 to 16:30 (break 11:30-12:30)
– On Saturday, Sunday, national holidays, and university holidays the library is closed.


Staff

・Hiroyuki OGINO (Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy) Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy/ Patristic Studies
・Shinzo KAWAMURA (Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History) Religious Studies/ Japanese History
・Yoshie KOJIMA (Associate Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History) Aesthetics and Studies on Art
・Naoko SATO (Director [2008-], Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy) Philosophy/ Ethics
・Osamu TAKEUCHI (Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology) Philosophy/ Ethics/ Religious Studies
・Hiroko MORI (Associate Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology) Musicology
・Nobukuni SUZUKI (Associate Professor of Sophia University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy) German modern thought after I. Kant/ Philosophical Anthropology/ Neoplatonism in renaissance era


Successive Directors

・Taro ETO [Apr. 1955‐Mar. 1974]
・Klaus RIESENHUBER [Apr. 1974‐Mar. 2004]
・Hiroyuki OGINO [Apr. 2004‐Mar. 2008]


Address

Institute of Medieval Thought Sophia University, 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-8554 Japan
Tel: 03-3238-3822
Fax: 03-3238-4623
Email: imdthght@sophia.ac.jp