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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Theological Quodlibeta in the Middle Ages: The Fourteenth Century and its chapters. The book begins with the more general metaphysical theme of the principal of individuation in quodlibeta in the period after Aquinas’ death. Martin Pickavé, a highly respected expert on medieval metaphysics, has accepted the challenge of showing through this one example how theological quodlibeta are rich sources for medieval metaphysics. The book also focused on two important individuals whose careers at Paris were closely intertwined, written by scholars whose own careers are linked: the English secular theologian Thomas Wylton and the French Franciscan Peter Auriol, by Cecilia Trifogli and Lauge Nielsen respectively. Wylton’s sole known Quodlibet, most probably from Advent 1315, survives in only one main manuscript and fragments in other witnesses, its structure is confusing, and until now individual questions have been published haphazardly.

Keywords: Aquinas’ death; fourteenth century; medieval metaphysics; middle ages; theological quodlibeta



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