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Albert the Great, Saint (c.1200–1280)

  1. Thomas D. Watts

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0020

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Thomas D. Watts 2011. Albert the Great, Saint (c.1200–1280). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Dominican bishop, Doctor of the Church, and patron saint of scientists, Albert the Great was an outstanding figure of the Middle Ages and in the history of the church. He has been referred to as Albert the Great, and Albertus Magnus, and also as Albert of Lavingen, Albert of Cologne, and Albert the German. He has been honored under the scholastic titles of Doctor universalis and Doctor expertus, in partial recognition of his genius, immense learning and wisdom. He was proficient in every branch of learning of his era. Ulrich Engelbert, a contemporary, once referred to him as the wonder and miracle of his day. He combined knowledge of the natural sciences with his knowledge of theology and philosophy in unique ways. He is perhaps best known for being the teacher of the “Angelic Doctor”, St. Thomas Aquinas. Both St. Albert the Great (he was the only man of the High Middle Ages to be called “the Great”) and St. Thomas Aquinas were outstanding luminaries among others in the long history of the great Dominican Order, which has always been known for its strong intellectual orientation and traditions over the centuries.


  • Albert the Great, Saint (c.1200–1280);
  • Albertus Magnus, Albert of Lavingen;
  • Doctor universalis and Doctor expertus;
  • teacher of the “Angelic Doctor”, St. Thomas Aquinas;
  • great Dominican Order;
  • critical thinker, a committed Aristotelian;
  • Albertist tradition, assimilating into Thomism;
  • encyclopedic project