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Henry Of Ghent's Epistemology

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Among historians of medieval thought, Henry of Ghent is commonly taken as the epitome of a high-medieval Augustinian. It is common among modern scholars to conclude that Henry thereby set his mature imprimatur on the epistemology of his early years, pure and simple, including his notion there of God's illuminative intervention. The present author takes a somewhat different stance, arguing instead that Henry was in this moment embracing his original views while at the same time transforming them in accordance with a reconsideration of both the operations of human mind and the objective realities of created things. The transformations of Henry's theory of knowledge in his mature years thus represented neither a repudiation of his earliest position nor a fundamental reiteration of his former views in only superficially different words or terms.

Keywords: Augustinian; epistemology; Henry of Ghent; theory of knowledge



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