Beyond Paris’s Theology Faculty

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI:
Beyond Paris’s Theology Faculty

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The Power Distinction was developed within the Theology Faculty of the University of Paris; flourishing there at a time when that Faculty dominated academic theology in the Latin West. Even those who, like St Thomas Aquinas or Roland of Cremona, had come to Paris with already formed views in academic matters, or the many who went on to play a part in non-academic life, had it in common that they studied or taught within the Theology Faculty there. By the fourteenth century, some commentators were suggesting that the Distinction itself was something peculiarly Parisian. By then, that might not have seemed convincing. This chapter shows how the Distinction moved beyond the homogeneous community and sub-culture within which it had been flourishing and began to spread into the regions of politics and science where it should be seen as seminal in the formation of the modern world.

Keywords: Power Distinction; University of Paris; theology; St Thomas Aquinas; Roland of Cremona; politics; science

Chapter.  13143 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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