Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

2011 Edition
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William of Alnwick

  • Jeffrey C. Witt
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_529


William of Alnwick was a Franciscan theologian who became Bishop of Giovinazzo at the end of his life. He is known primarily for his close association with John Duns Scotus as a secretary and a collaborator. Alnwick’s own work shows a reliance on Scotus as a starting point, but shows independence in the conclusions he draws. He is notable for his positions on the univocity of being, the epistemic status of theology, as well as being conversant with many of the main voices of the early fourteenth century. His work as a whole provides helpful clarifications into the mind of Scotus, and raises influential objections that helped shape the ongoing conversation of the fourteenth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey C. Witt
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAUSA