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Quaestiones Variae

Henrico de Gandavo adscriptae

Girard J. Etzkorn (ed.)

Publication Year: 2009

In the process of completing his critical edition of Marcus of Orvieto’s Liber de Moralitatibus, Dr. Girard J. Etzkorn happened upon a set of questions attributed to Henry of Ghent at the end of Rome’s Bibliotheca Angelica codex 750. These questions are edited in this volume under the proviso ‘attributed to’ so that scholars may compare the texts with other works of the Ghentian master known to be authentic. Based upon some intitial comparisons Etzkorn concludes that the ten questions appear to be of two literary genres. The first six are best fitted into the category of Disputed Questions while Questions seven to ten are better characterized as Quodlibetal questions given their relative brevity and small number of objections ‘pro’ and ‘contra’. Moreover, the ten questions seem to be ‘selected’ questions and were not likely disputed at the same time. Future investigations are essential to find out if the questions may indeed be attributed to Henry himself or whether they have been written by one of Henry’s disciples who was ‘copying’ the thoughts and words of the master.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

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Foreword

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pp. v-vi

I would like to thank Professor Carlos Steel who encouraged me to complete this edition. I am also grateful to Guy Guldentops who carefully read the entire text and offered helpful suggestions. My thanks also go to my colleague Dr. Gordon Wilson who likewise reviewed the text and made observations leading to a better final product. ...

Critical Study

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The Manuscript

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pp. ix-x

At the end of manuscript 750 in Rome’s Bibliotheca Angelica is found a series of questions attributed to Henry of Ghent. These questions are here edited under the proviso ‘attributed to’ so that scholars may compare these texts with other works of the Ghentian master known to be authentic. ...

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Analysis of the Text

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pp. xi-11

The ten questions edited here appear to be of two literary genre. The first six are best fitted into the category of Disputed Questions as is evidenced by the large number of counter-arguments and the responses thereto. Questions seven to ten are better characterized as Quodlibetal questions given their relative brevity and small number of objections ‘pro’ and ‘contra’. ...

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Authorship of the Questions

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pp. xii-xiii

We have tried to show that, for example in the case of the question on the eternity of the world,1 there is no apparent conflict between this question and the known authentic question on this topic in the works of Henry. The fact that there are no conflicts does not, of course, prove that these questions are authentically Henry’s. ...

Symbols

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pp. xiv-14

Abbreviations:

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pp. xv-xvi

Siglum of the Manuscript

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pp. xvii-xviii

Quaestiones variae

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Q. 1: Utrum Deus sit summe simplex

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pp. 3-7

Videtur quod non, quia compositum nobilius est quam simplex, ut probabo; sed nobilius Deo attribuendum est; ergo Deus debet dici compositus et non simplex. Maior patet sic, quia corpora mixta nobiliora sunt quam elementis. ...

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Q. 2: Utrum Deus sit infinitus

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pp. 8-19

Et videtur quod non. PHILOSOPHUS IIIo Physicorum loquens de infinito dicit quod «esse ipsius privatio est»; sed privatio in Deo non cadit, quia est carentia alicuius perfectionis quam res nata est habere; ergo infinitas in Deo non est. ...

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Q. 3: Utrum aliquid aliud a Deo sit actu infinitum vel esse posset

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pp. 20-34

Et videtur quod sic. Delectatio qua beati delectantur in Deo actu est infinita intensione, ut probabo, et tamen illa delectatio non est Deus. Ergo aliquid aliud a Deo est actu infinitum. Omne finitum per additionem secundum eandem quantitatem potest attingere quodcumque finitum; ...

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Q. 4: Utrum angelus vel aliqua alia creatura creari possit ab aeterno

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pp. 35-57

Et videtur quod sic. Creaturae non repugnat habere infinitam durationem si causa sua est infinitae durationis; sed Deus potest dare creaturae quod creaturae non repugnat; ergo Deus potest dare creaturae infinitam durationem, cum ipse sit infinitae durationis. ...

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Q. 5: Utrum substantia angeli sit composita ex materia et forma

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pp. 58-76

rguitur primo quod non, quia materia non potest distingui in partes nisi per quantitatem; ergo si in uno angelo esset una pars materiae et in alio alia pars materiae ita quod haec distincta ab illa, sequeretur quod materia angeli haberet quantitatem, et ita quod angelus esset quantus quantitate dimensiva, quod falsum est. ...

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Q. 6: Utrum natura angeli sit nobilior quam natura animae

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pp. 77-88

Et arguitur quod non, quia optima anima est nobilior optimo angelo, scilicet anima Christi, et hoc per naturam, ut probabo. Ergo simpliciter anima nobilior est angelo per considerationem PHILOSOPHI IIIo Topicorum, qui vult quod si optimum in aliquo nobilius est quam optimum in illo, quod hoc simpliciter sit nobilius illo. ...

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Q. 7: Utrum divina virtute unum et idem possit esse simul in diversis locis

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pp. 89-90

utrum divina virtute unum et idem possit esse simul in diversis locis. Introducebatur autem haec quaestio de beato AMBROSIO, qui cum esset Mediolani et celebraret ibidem, visum fuit sibi dum erat Mediolani quod ipse esset Turonis et interesset exsequiis beati MARTINI tunc defuncti. ...

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Q. 8: Utrum praedestinatio iuvari possit precibus sanctorum

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pp. 91-94

Secundo quaerebatur de divina praedestinatione. Introducebatur haec quaestio propter Traianum, qui ad preces beati GREGORII egit poenitentiam de peccatis suis, propter quod praedestinatio eius adiuta fuit per preces beati GREGORII. Ex hoc ergo oriebatur quaestio utrum praedestinatio iuvari possit precibus sanctorum. ...

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Q. 9: Utrum emanatio Filii vel emanatio personarum sit causa emanationis creaturarum

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pp. 95-97

Probatur quod emanatio Filii est causa emanationis creaturarum, quia omnia comparantur ad divinam voluntatem tamquam artificialia ad artificem, quia omnium est artifex, omnem habens virtutem Creatoris, quia potestas artificis est ratio quare emanant omnia artificialia ab ipso. ...

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Q. 10: Utrum substantia panis convertatur in verum corpus Christi [incomplete

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pp. 98-100

Arguitur autem quod non, quia discurrens per omnes species materiales non poteris ibi assignare aliquam talium specierum. Non enim est ibi generatio et corruptio, quia tales sunt termini motus, ibi autem non sit aliquis motus cum talia sint termini. ...

Tables

Works Cited by Henry

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pp. 103-108

Onomastic Table

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pp. 109-136

Manuscripts Cited

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pp. 110-137

Quoted Publications

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pp. 111-112

Table of Contents

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pp. 113-114

De Wulf-Mansion Centre Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

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pp. 115-118

Corpus Latinum Commentariorum In Aristotelem Graecorum

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pp. 119-120


E-ISBN-13: 9789461660558
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058676603

Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 2: Henrici de Gandavo Opera Omnia

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  • Henry, of Ghent, 1217-1293 -- Manuscripts.
  • Theology.
  • Philosophy.
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