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William of Conches (fl. c.1130)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B116-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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William of Conches – whom many historians have attached to the School of Chartres – was one of the early twelfth century’s keenest commentators on Platonic texts, and wrote also on natural science. He believed in the harmony of Platonism and Christianity. He thought that the ostensibly pagan texts of Plato and his followers contained Christian truths which the interpreter needed to uncover, while Platonic (and more recent) science could help towards an understanding of the account of creation in Genesis.

Citing this article:
Marenbon, John. William of Conches (fl. c.1130), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B116-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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