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Conclusion: The Tradition Of The Sentences

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This conclusory chapter highlights that the contributions to this book have added significantly to one's picture of the reception of the Sentences. The remarks in this chapter take their starting point from claims about the tradition of the Sentences that the author advanced in his earlier book The Story of a Great Medieval Book. He then examines how these claims are corroborated, nuanced, or refuted by the contributions to this book. Alexander of Hales's name is frequently mentioned in discussions concerning the Sentences because he was the one to divide the work into the famous "distinctions". The internal articulation of Kilwardby's quaestiones is more complex than the question structure favored by his Parisian contemporaries Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas. After Luther, the influence of the Book of Sentences declined. At Protestant universities, Peter Lombard's opus was gradually replaced with Melanchthon's Loci communes and similar works.

Keywords: Alexander of Hales; great medieval book; Kilwardby's quaestiones; Peter Lombard; Sentences commentary; Thomas Aquinas; tradition of the Sentences



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