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Henry of Ghent

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One of the most prominent figures at the Faculty of Theology in Paris during the last quarter of the thirteenth century, Henry of Ghent has been traditionally considered a conservative, “Neo-Augustinian” theologian, fighting against the spread of Aristotelianism and Arabic philosophy – an impression that seemed to be confirmed by Henry’s participation in the commission set up by Bishop Tempier in view of the famous condemnation of March 1277, and by his heated controversies with those theologians closer to the doctrinal legacy of Thomas Aquinas, such as Giles of Rome and Godfrey of Fontaines. However, the progress of the new critical edition of Opera Omnia Henry's – begun in Leuven by Raymond Macken in 1979 and now continued by an international team – has already demonstrated that this image needs to be substantially revised. Indeed, Henry sought to reconcile traditional Augustinian theories with some of the basic principles of Aristotelian epistemology and Avicennian ontology, thereby giving rise to a complex and original synthesis, certainly different from that of Thomas Aquinas, but also from that of the Franciscan masters of his day.

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Porro, P. (2011). Henry of Ghent. In: Lagerlund, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_207

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