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The Power Of Wisdom: Four Case Studies Of A Late Thirteenth-Century Debate

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The thirteenth- and fourteenth-century treatments of the "sapiential question" take their start from Aristotle's understanding of wisdom as signifying the preeminent knowledge of the first, grounding principles of thought. This chapter presents four case studies which point to the complexity of the discussions, in which the understanding of wisdom plays an important role. It gives special emphasis to the theoretical background behind the institutional consequences. The four case studies are: 1. The Bishop and the Philosopher: Étienne Tempier and Boethius of Dacia; 2. The Theologian and the Metaphysician: Thomas Aquinas; 3. The wisdom of Aristotle and the wisdom of Augustine: Henry of Ghent; 4. The lesemeister and the lebemeister: Meister Eckhart.

Keywords: Aristotle; Augustine; Bishop; Dacia; Henry; Meister Eckhart; thirteenth century; Thomas Aquinas; wisdom



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