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Hugh of St Victor (d. 1141)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B055-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Hugh of St Victor initiated the teaching programme that distinguished the Parisian abbey of St Victor during the twelfth century. His teaching combined an ambitious programme of biblical exegesis with the construction of theological syntheses and the detailed subordination of a comprehensive philosophy to both. Hugh’s principal works in theology are biblical commentaries of different kinds and a theological overview based on the notion of sacrament. His philosophical works include Epitome Dindimi in philosophiam (Dindimus’ Epitome of Philosophy) and, most importantly, the Didascalicon de studio legendi (Didascalion, or On the Study of Reading). This last book attempts to show how all human knowledge can be used as preparation for the study of the Christian Bible, which in turns leads to the contemplation of God.

Citing this article:
Jordan, Mark D.. Hugh of St Victor (d. 1141), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B055-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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