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Carmelite Quodlibeta

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In his statistical analysis of the 893 surviving Sentences commentaries whose authors are known to us, Steven J. Livesey provides a startling statistic: 139 of these are by Carmelites. This number is only slightly smaller than that of the Franciscans and Dominicans, and roughly matches the combined total of the other nine religious orders that are represented by named commentators. Despite the importance of quodlibeta for understanding early Carmelite thought, little work has been done on these texts. Except for Baconthorpe’s, no Carmelite quodlibeta were printed in the early modern period, and except for Gerard’s, no Carmelite quodlibeta are preserved in more than one main manuscript. Given the immaturity of the topic, this chapter summarizes, corrects, and supplements what Xiberta discovered concerning the attribution, dating, manuscripts, nature, and reception of the surviving Carmelite quodlibeta, in the light of the research of the past three quarters of a century.

Keywords: Carmelite quodlibeta; Dominicans; Franciscans; manuscripts; religious orders; Sentences commentaries; Steven J. Livesey; Xiberta



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