Tractatus de Universalibus - Vol. 1

Tractatus de Universalibus - Vol. 1

Tractatus de Universalibus - Vol. 1

Tractatus de Universalibus - Vol. 1

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When in 1924 the London-based Wyclif Society brought to an end its activities after a period of more than forty years, it had in the main fulfilled the task which it had set out for itself: the publication of the works of Wyclif. The set of books, comprising thirty-five volumes, contains all of his important works concerning the various facets of Reform at which he strove: the range extends from works dealing with the question of dominion, over works on the nature of the Eucharist, to his critique of Orders and of the Papacy.

However, at the time of the Society's dissolution, some of Wyclif's works - and to a certain extent the most important of his philosophical treatises - were left unpublished. Dziewicki, one of the editors of the Society, accepted the task of editing Wyclif so-called Summa de ente ; however, his advanced age (cf. his statement, Summa de ente i) did not allow him to complete more then a fraction of it. Out of the twelve treatises, contained in this Summa in the version possessed by Trinity College, Cambridge, he chose four, which he edited in their entirety (Book I, tracts 3 and 4 and Book II, tracts 1 and 3), and one (Book II, tract 6) from which he edited the last three chapters only.

Several years later S. H. Thomson decided to continue the work begun by the Society. He edited and published two further tracts (Book I, tracts 1 and 2) as Johannis Wyclif Summa de ente libri primi tractatus primus et secundus (London, 1930). Still later this work was continued by Prof. Thomson's pupil, Prof. A. du Pont Breck . . .

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