Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Louis B. Pascoe, S.J. Louis B. Pascoe, S.J.
Professor Emeritus
Office Location: Kohlmann Hall
Phone: (718) 817-5467
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Research Interests

Fr. Pascoe’s general area of research and publication has been in the field of late medieval intellectual and ecclesiastical history, with a specialization in late medieval France.  Within this area he has concentrated upon two important personalities at the University of Paris, namely, Pierre d’Ailly (1351-1420) and Jean Gerson (1363-1429).  As members of the theological faculty and as chancellors of the university, they were intimately involved in the major philosophical, theological, and political issues and controversies both within and without the university, especially the settlement of the Schism, the conciliar movement, and the reform of the Church.  His research on these two figures has concentrated primarily on their reform thought, especially as it refers to the papacy, episcopacy, priesthood, and laity as well as to theologians and canon lawyers.  This research has resulted in the publication of two books: Jean Gerson: Principles of Church Reform (Brill, 1973) and Church and Reform: Bishops, Theologians, and Canon Lawyers in the Thought of Pierre d’Ailly (Brill, 2005), and a series of articles in the major medieval journals.

His present research interests and projected articles center around three areas: “Pierre d’Ailly: Christian Antropology, Ascetical Theology and Personal Reform and Renewal,” “An Analysis and Critique after Fifty Years of Gerhart B. Ladner’s The Idea of Reform: Its Impact on Christian Thought and Action in the Age of the Fathers (Harvard University Press, 1959),” and a chapter in the forthcoming The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Theology concentrating on “The French Reform Movement: Peter d’Ailly and John Gerson.

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