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Vital du Four (c.1260–1327)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B112-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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A Franciscan philosopher and theologian, Vital du Four was noted for denying the distinction between a thing’s essence and its existence, for expounding an Augustinian theory of perception and for emphasizing the absolute power and contingency of God’s will in creating the universe. One interpretation of his views holds that created things have no intrinsic goodness, only that which has been conferred upon them by God.

Citing this article:
Mann, William E.. Vital du Four (c.1260–1327), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B112-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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