In the twenty-first century, not taking credit for your work—especially in academic circles—does not compute. But in the thirteenth century, particularly among Franciscans, intellectual pride was verboten. Even then, Englishman Richard Rufus may have been an extreme. In spite of a brilliant teaching career in both Paris and Oxford, he refused to cite his own lectures by name, this from a philosopher now widely credited with having provided the essential commentaries on Aristotle’s Metaphysics that enabled later scholars to lay the foundations of Western science.
Rufus Refused Credit
Modest Medieval scholar's commentaries on Aristotle come to light after five hundred years
HUMANITIES, January/February 2012, Volume 33, Number 1