Quodlibetal Questions on Free Will

Quodlibetal Questions on Free Will

Quodlibetal Questions on Free Will

Quodlibetal Questions on Free Will

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Little is known with certainty about the life of Henry of Ghent. His name indicates that he was probably born in Ghent, though the date of his birth is unknown. Toward the end of the nineteenth century German and French scholars stripped away a great amount of the legend that had grown up around Henry, for instance, that he was a member of the famous Goethals family of Ghent, a student of Albert the Great, a master first in Cologne, then in Ghent and finally in Paris, and a member of the Order of Servites. It is true that in the beginning of the sixteenth century the Order of Servites adopted Henry as their official doctor on the belief that he had been a Servite and that this led to a new edition of his two principal works and some significant studies of the writings of the Solemn Doctor.

Henry probably studied the liberal arts at the University of Paris, where he became master of theology in 1275. Since for that rank he should have been thirty five years old, his date of birth can be placed at 1240 or earlier. From a rare autobiographical reference in Quodlibet XIII, question 14, the general editor of Henry Opera Omnia, Fr. Raymond Macken, O.F.M., concludes that Henry was present in Paris either in the summer or fall of 1264. Furthermore, his first quodlibetal disputation was held at Christmas in 1276, with the second and third being held at Christmas in 1277 and at Easter in 1278. In the manuscripts of the latter two he is referred to as archdeacon of Brūges, and in the manuscript of . . .

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