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William of Champeaux (c.1070–c.1120)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B115-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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William studied under Anselm of Laon and became one of a number of famous teachers of logic, rhetoric, grammar and theology in early twelfth-century France, teachers who helped to establish the schools which eventually turned into the University of Paris. He is perhaps best known for his dispute with his young pupil Peter Abelard over the reality of universals, a debate which William lost so badly that most of his students elected to be taught by Abelard instead.

Citing this article:
Tweedale, Martin M.. William of Champeaux (c.1070–c.1120), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B115-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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