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Was there an ockhamist school?

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Belief in the existence of an Ockhamist school at Oxford in the fourteenth century rested largely on three pieces of evidence: the close association of William of Ockham and his student, Adam Wodeham, who edited some of Ockham's writings and who was active at Oxford a decade later. The first author to be removed from the list of English Ockhamists was Holcot. At Paris the situation appears quite different. In fact, the only fourteenth- century references to the Occamistae occur in Parisian or Parisian related documents. Therefore the events of 1339 to 1346 are of crucial importance to the history of Ockhamism in late medieval universities. Considerable progress has been made in recent years in understanding the development of schools in the fifteenth century, including the Nominalist tradition and with it, the Ockhamist tradition.

Keywords: Adam Wodeham; Ockhamist school; Parisian



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