A Companion to Henry of Ghent (Brill’s Companions to the

The quantity addresses the ancient context of Henry, e.g. his writings and his participation within the occasions of 1277; examines Henrys theology, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics; and reports Henrys impact on John Duns Scotus and Pico della Mirandola.

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In the earlier stage of his career, even though he was already tending toward anthropological dimorphism, he did not even reject the unicity thesis considered in itself, that is, abstracting from theological aspects. He did not reject unconditionally the thesis in the specific form in which it was upheld by Thomas Aquinas. 13 C. Henry’s Summons to the Legate Since Henry had most probably abstained from condemning without qualification two of Giles’s theses which were close to Thomas Aquinas’s—the impossibility for matter to exist without form and the unicity of substantial form in all composites—, the bishop and his staff were left uncertain about Henry’s exact position regarding points of doctrine which, at that time, were felt as theologically weighty.

103 Henry of Ghent, Quaestiones variae Henrico de Gandavo adscriptae, ed. G. Etzkorn (Leuven, ), p. xi. 104 Henry of Ghent, Quodlibet XV, ed. G. Etzkorn—G. Wilson (Leuven, ), p. xix. henry of ghent’s written legacy  was discovered that some of these questions were questions in Richard of Mediavilla’s Quaestiones disputatae. The attribution to Henry in the manuscript seems incorrect. There is a series of questions on Aristotle’s Metaphysics in a manuscript of the Escorial which attributes these questions to Henry, but this attribution is in a modern hand.

The legate also added a threat: when the Christian faith was at stake, he said, he would not spare anybody. As Henry himself comments, he learned from this threat that the unicity thesis, as formulated by Thomas, was in opposition to the Christian faith. 16 This insider information allows two conclusions. First, before his summons to the legate Henry was not aware of any peril that Thomas’s thesis could entail for the Christian faith. Second, the legate and the bishop Universität von Paris im letzten Viertel des .

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