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Pecham, John (c.1230–92)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B091-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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John Pecham, an English Franciscan, taught at Paris and Oxford, and died as Archbishop of Canterbury. His philosophical career represents a concentrated effort to defend the traditional views of Augustine and Anselm (among other theologians) against what was perceived as a growing tendency toward heterodox Aristotelianism, exemplified in such doctrines as the eternity of the world, a single intellect for all humankind and a divinity that had no knowledge of individual beings.

Citing this article:
Etzkorn, Girard J.. Pecham, John (c.1230–92), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B091-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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