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The reception of Ockham’s thought at the University of Paris

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One of the most important series of events in the intellectual life of fourteenth-century Paris is the group of warnings, disciplinary statutes, and condemnations commonly associated with the introduction of English thought at Paris, particularly that of William of Ockham. The views of Ockham that were under discussion at Paris in the 1320s were his theory of universals and its effect on his definition of simple supposition and his reinterpretation of the Aristotelian categories. The situation at Paris changed rapidly in 1338-1339 through the advent of a series of crises that affected the entire University, but most particularly the Faculty of Arts. The papal charges against certain students in the Faculty of Theology suggest that alongside the crises over papal support and classroom discipline, the University of Paris was experiencing another, more eventful and transforming crisis in 1340s.

Keywords: theology; University of Paris; William of Ockham



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