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This introductory chapter of the book discusses the editorial principles of Marsilius of Inghen's Commentary on the Sentences. Manuscript J has the best textual quality, even if it is not without omissions and mistakes. Also the history of its production is best known. Therefore it is used as the main witness for the constitution of the text of Marsilius's Commentary. Words and phrases that are materially used, that is, where Marsilius speaks for example of "Deus" saying "hoc nomen 'Deus'" in question 25, page 111, line 3, are put between single quotation marks, if these words are not inflected. Throughout his Commentary on the Sentences, Marsilius quotes a large number of sources. Sometimes, Marsilius refers to authorities like Pseudo-Dionysius or the Liber de causis that he takes not from these sources themselves, but from the works of contemporaries, mostly Thomas Aquinas, Giles of Rome or Thomas of Strasbourg.

Keywords: Inghen's Commentary; manuscript; Marsilius; Sentences



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