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On The Trail Of A Philosophical Debate: Durandus Of St.-Pourçain Vs. Thomas Wylton On Simultaneous Acts In The Intellect

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In 1962, Prospero T. Stella published editions of a series of three questions collectively entitled "Quaestiones de libero arbitrio" and composed by Durandus of St.-Pourçain. This chapter is concerned with the question: "whether there can be at once in the same free power several acts of understanding or of willing, of which one is the effective source of the other". One of the great services that Stella provided in his 1962 article was to edit a direct response to Durandus's question composed by English theologian Thomas Wylton. The chapter presents main arguments of these two scholars on this issue. It then sketches some contexts in which this debate between Durandus and Wylton surfaces, focusing most on the issue of our enjoyment of God, in which there was considerable and varied reaction to Durandus's view in particular. It discusses two areas: first, theology as a scientific discipline, and then angelic communication.

Keywords: acts of understanding; angelic communication; Durandus of St.-Pourçain; enjoyment of God; intellect; Prospero T. Stella; Quaestiones de libero arbitrio; scientific discipline; theology; Thomas Wylton



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