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The Distinction Wins Acceptance

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0004
The Distinction Wins Acceptance

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An essentially coherent understanding of the Power Distinction was already received within the Faculty of Theology, before the University of Paris had the support of its charter in 1231. However, the very earliest texts are as yet available only in fragments, and even those of William of Auxerre, Philip the Chancellor, and William of Auvergne appeared in a context which has become opaque. The very success of the work of those now to be examined has contributed to that. As it happens, however, the texts examined in this chapter reveal continuity with the earlier users, both in the understanding and in the use of the Distinction. These later texts have come to more of a context within which they can be read. It is a context to which one can have access through something of a settled tradition of use which the medievals of the present chapter were themselves establishing.

Keywords: Power Distinction; Faculty of Theology; University of Paris; William of Auxerre; Philip the Chancellor; William of Auvergne; texts

Chapter.  21161 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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