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John Rodington

(c. 1315—1348) Franciscan friar and theologian


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John Rodington was born in the last decade of the thirteenth century. There is no agreement about his place of birth: some sources suggest Ruddington in Nottinghamshire, while others prefer Rodyngton in Lancashire. After entering the Franciscan Order at Stamford, Rodington studied theology at Oxford. Between 1322 and 1330 (most likely in 1328–9) he delivered his bachelor lectures on the four books of Peter Lombard's Sentences. In the academic year 1332–3 Rodington became the 56th regent master at the Franciscan convent in Oxford. From around 1336 to 1340 he was active as minister of the English province of the Franciscans. He died in 1348, probably of the plague. Rodington's commentary on the Sentences (still unedited) survives in a dozen manuscripts. He also wrote two series of quodlibetal questions (Quodlibet de conscientia – 6 questions – and Quodlibet de fide – 5 questions). The image of Rodington that arises out of these writings is that of a rather independent thinker.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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