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Durandus of St Pourçain (1275?–1334)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B036-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Although strongly Aristotelian in outlook, Durandus rejected certain classic points of Thomist doctrine such as the speculative ‘scientific’ and unique nature of theology, the theory of the active intellect and the doctrine of species. After carrying out a detailed examination of the Thomist theses, Durandus decided firmly in favour of theology being faith in revelation, something aenigmatica and therefore meritorious. In this way, in the opinion of some modern scholars, he anticipated the position of William of Ockham; the position later known as ‘Ockham’s razor’ appears more than once in his writings.

Citing this article:
Beonio-Brocchieri, Mariateresa Fumagalli. Durandus of St Pourçain (1275?–1334), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B036-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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