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The reception of Ockham’s thought in fourteenth-century England

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The Oxford of that day was supposedly dominated by the nominalistic philosophy and theology of William of Ockham and of his disciples, although not exclusively so. In order to construct an account of the reception of Ockham's thought at Oxford and in England, it is necessary to look closely at the whole range of testimony: what approaches and conclusions Ockham's opponents disliked, those that attracted others, and finally those that more neutral observers saw as significant, controversial, or innovative. 1330 represents a watershed in the traditional assessment of the reception of Ockham in England. The Ockhamism of Holcot has been a recurring theme in Holcot research, from the ground-breaking biographical and exegetical work of Beryl Smalley to the philosophical studies of Fritz Hoffmann, E.A. Moody, and Heinrich Schepers.

Keywords: E.A. Moody; Fritz Hoffmann; Robert Holcot; William of Ockham



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