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James of Viterbo (c.1255–1308)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B058-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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James of Viterbo’s writings reveal a loyalty to Augustine combined with an interest in Neoplatonic sources such as Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius and Boethius. He also reveals a strong interest in the Greek commentators on Aristotle, in Simplicius as regards predication and language and in Themistius and John Philoponus as regards the nature of the intellect and intellectual cognition. Frequently, after presenting various positions on a topic and noting how they differ, he proposes to state what seems probable to him. He thus proposes, for example, a theory of innatism. In contrast, he shows no little certitude in his De regimine christiano (On Christian Rule), where he presents a markedly papalist political theory.

Citing this article:
Mahoney, Edward P.. James of Viterbo (c.1255–1308), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B058-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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