The Quarrel over Future Contingents (Louvain 1465-1475)

The Quarrel over Future Contingents (Louvain 1465-1475) : Unpublished Texts Collected by Leon Baudry

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The Latin texts collected by Leon Baudry present the late fifteenth- century debate at the University of Louvain over the truth-value of proposi- tions about future contingent events, a subject of perennial interest in phil osophy. The theologians held fast to divine predetermination, and the Aristotelians in the Arts Faculty supported the doctrine of free choice based on indeterminism. Although the issues in the debate are still argued in philosophy, this rich collection of the theories and arguments has been neglected. Peter de Rivo and Henry de Zomeren, the principal antagonists, are cited in the recent literature, but only on the basis of slight, mostly second-hand information. The full collection of texts has never before been translated into English (or any other modern language), leaving them inaccessible to the majority of students, or any others who are not equipped to work their way through 450 pages of fifteenth-century scholastic Latin. Apart from their philosophical significance, the texts shed light on late scholastic methods in teaching and disputation, on university politics of the period in relation to the Vatican, the Court of the Duke of Burgundy, and the faculties of other great universities, and on legal procedures both secular and ecclesiastical. The human drama that develops as the debate proceeds should hold the interest of even the non-specialist.
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  • Hardback | 468 pages
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1989 ed.
  • 468 p.
  • 0792304543
  • 9780792304548

Table of contents

1. The Problem.- 2. The Historical Context.- 3. Dramatic Personae.- 4. The Quarrel.- 5. The Conclusion.- 6. The Doctrinal and Historical Interest.- One.- Statute of the University of Louvain in the Year 1447.- Quodlibetal Question Disputed at Louvain in 1465 by Peter de Rivo.- Another Treatise of Peter de Rivo (1).- Another Treatise of Peter de Rivo (2).- Fragments from Peter de Rivo.- Petition of Peter de Rivo.- Peter de Rivo's Theses.- Replies of Peter de Rivo.- Record of the Time of Events.- A Brief Treatise on Future Contingents by Francis, Cardinal of St Peter in Chains.- An Anonymous Treatise on the Subject of Future Contingents.- Treatise of Master Fernand of Cordova.- An Anonymous Treatise on the Truths of Future Contingents Against Peter de Rivo.- Interrogations.- Replies of Peter de Rivo.- Sentence of the Rector against Henry de Zomeren.- Conclusion of the Faculty of Theology at Cologne.- Conclusion of the Theologians at Louvain.- Conclusion of the Paris Theologians.- Two.- Henry de Zomeren's Treatise.- Propositions of Peter de Rivo Assembled by Henry de Zomeren.- Treatise of Peter de Rivo in Reply to a Certain Little Work of Henry de Zomeren.- Additional Replies by Peter de Rivo.- Another Version.- An Anonymous Defense of the Sentence of the University.- A Defense of the Sentence against Henry de Zomeren.- Letter of the University of Louvain to Pope Sixtus IV.- Superscription of the Letter sent to the University of Louvain in Recommendation of Peter de Rivo.- Appendix I. Explanations by Peter de Rivo of Certain Objections Concerning about Future Contingents.- Appendix II. A Probable Plan for a Quodlibetal.- Appendix III. Fragment from Peter de Rivo to Paul of Middelbourgh.- Notes.
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