Varieties of Distinction

Isabel Iribarren

in Durandus of St Pourcain

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282319
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603426 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

                             Varieties of Distinction

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This chapter examines the accounts which various scholastic theologians gave of a notion central to medieval discussions of the Trinity, that of ‘distinction’. The following theologians: Bonaventure, Henry of Ghent, and Duns Scotus have been chosen not only for their general contribution to the development of Trinitarian theology, but also because their treatment of the issue established the main lines of argument running through and focusing the discussion between Durandus and Hervaeus. Some of the fundamental features in the contrasting positions of Durandus and Hervaeus appear foreshadowed in the earlier accounts, thus representing the main sources and theological allegiances of the two Dominicans.

Keywords: Bonaventure; Henry of Ghent; John Duns Scotus; Trinitarian theology; distinction; formal distinction; modes of being; communicability

Chapter.  20660 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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