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Matthew of Aquasparta (c.1238–1302)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-B077-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B077-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved October 05, 2022, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/matthew-of-aquasparta-c-1238-1302/v-1

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Matthew walked in the footsteps of Bonaventure, which were widened by his first followers, Walter of Bruges, John Pecham and William of Mare. For them, the knowledge of God’s existence is the first truth implanted in the human mind. God’s existence cannot be proved a priori (from something prior to it), since it is the first truth. It is a truth that is immediately known, not in the sense that there is actual knowledge of God implanted in the mind at birth, but because any judgment we make presupposes that the mind has contact with the Truth that is the measure of all truth. Such a first Truth must exist.

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Brown, Stephen F.. Matthew of Aquasparta (c.1238–1302), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B077-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/matthew-of-aquasparta-c-1238-1302/v-1.
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