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Henry Of Ghent's Written Legacy

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Henry of Ghent, a secular master in Paris, was a member of the Theology Faculty in Paris by 1275 or 1276. Until his death in 1293 he wrote prolifically. What has survived and what is known with a higher degree of certitude are works that are connected with his activities in the Theology Faculty. Henry's two monumental works, his Quodlibeta and his Quaestiones ordinariae (= Summa) are two very different genres of literature. The Quodlibeta arose from public disputations held in Paris during the Lent and Advent seasons. These public disputations originated in an oral session during which questions were posed by those attending. Because these questions could be on anything whatsoever, the topics could range from theology and philosophy to physics, psychology, mathematics, and canon law. Because the questions were posed by a public audience, the master did not control what questions would be asked.

Keywords: Quodlibeta ; Ghent; Henry; Paris; Quaestiones ordinariae ; Theology Faculty



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