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The Contested Theological Authority of Thomas Aquinas : The Controversies Between Hervaeus Natalis and Durandus of St. Pourcain, 1307-1323 - Elizabeth Lowe

The Contested Theological Authority of Thomas Aquinas

The Controversies Between Hervaeus Natalis and Durandus of St. Pourcain, 1307-1323

Hardcover Published: 27th March 2003
ISBN: 9780415943536
Number Of Pages: 259

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This book explains how the authority Thomas Aquinas's theological teachings grew out of the doctrinal controversies surrounding it within the Dominican Order. The adoption and eventual promotion of the teachings of Aquinas by the Order of Preachers ran counter to every other current running through the late thirteenth-century Church; most scholastics, the Dominican Order included, were wary of the his unconventional teachings. Despite this, the Dominican Order was propelled along their solitary via Thomas by conflicts between two groups of magistri: Aquinas's early Dominican followers and their more conservative neo-Augustinian brethren. This debate reached its climax in a series of bitter polemical battles between Hervaeus Natalis, the most prominent of early defenders, and Durandus of St. Pourcain, the last major Dominican thinker to attack Aquinas's teachings openly. Elizabeth Lowe offers a vivid illustration of this major shift in the Dominican intellectual tradition.

The Dominican Order and Its Educational Structuresp. 11
Charismatic Originsp. 12
Translation into an Institutionp. 16
Early Growthp. 20
Study, Schools, and Scholarsp. 22
Friar Preachers at the Universityp. 29
The Dominican Intellectual Traditionp. 35
The Friar Preachers and the Methodology of the Schoolsp. 36
Aristotle among the Friar Preachersp. 43
Thomas Aquinas, the Condemnations, and Their Consequencesp. 49
Dominican Reactions to the Condemnationsp. 53
The Historical Background of the Controversiesp. 57
Early Dominican Thomistsp. 59
The Predominance of the Augustinian Tradition, 1277-1307p. 64
The Antagonistsp. 67
Hervaeus Natalis and Durandus of St. Pourcainp. 72
Conclusionp. 82
Selected Issues in the Controversiesp. 85
The Debate over Relationp. 87
The Debate over Cognitionp. 96
The Debate over Theologyp. 99
The Controversies and the Question of Aquinas' Theological Authorityp. 107
Medieval Conceptions of Theological Authoritiesp. 108
Natalis' and Durandus' Concepts of Auctoritasp. 116
The Controversies and Aquinas' Auctoritasp. 125
Conclusionp. 135
Endnotesp. 141
Works Citedp. 211
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780415943536
ISBN-10: 0415943531
Series: Studies in Medieval History and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 27th March 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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