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Roscelin

(d. 1125)


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(d. 1125),

Scholastic philosopher and theologian. He was accused of tritheism at a Council of Soissons, c.1092, but denied having taught it. An early and outstanding defender of Nominalism, Roscelin stressed that universal terms were voces (voices), and claimed to establish that a being can have no parts. These philosophical tenets led him to identify the three Persons of the Trinity as distinct things (res), on the ground that if they were identical in substance, the Father and the Holy Spirit would have become incarnate together with the Son.

Subjects: Christianity.


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