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21 novembre 2017: Petr Dvořák: Medieval Heritage of the Foreknowledge Debate in Early Modern Jesuit Scholasticism: Wyclif’s Purported Determinism

Seminari di Storia della filosofia medievale

Seminari di Storia intellettuale del Medioevo


PETR DVOŘÁK (Head of the Department for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. Institute of Philosophy – Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Medieval Heritage of the Foreknowledge Debate in Early Modern Jesuit Scholasticism:
Wyclif’s Purported Determinism


21 novembre 2017 – ore 17.30

Sala Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, via Festa del Perdono 7 


Abstract: One of the main intellectual debates of the early modern era concerned the dilemma between unimpedible divine willing of every contingent fact on one hand and human freedom on the other. An integral part of this debate was a problem inherited from the medievals: the apparent inconsistency of infallible divine foreknowledge with the contingency of the future. Here the extreme position negating the latter contingency came to be associated with John Wyclif (ca. 1330-1384) whose views were received through the interpretation of Thomas Netter (Thomas Waldensis, 1375-1430) and his Doctrinale antiquitatum fidei ecclesiae catholicae. It appears that Wyclif’s stand was identified with two objections to the consistency of divine foreknowledge and the contingency of the future stated in Thomas Aquinas’s treatment of the issue in Summa Theologica I, q. 14, a. 13, arg. 2 and 3. Both objections make every future event necessary. The first takes its departure point from the necessity of divine foreknowledge, the second from its infallibility. The paper expounds these challenges and outlines their solutions in several key Jesuit thinkers of the period (Gregorio de Valencia, Gabriel Vázquez, Diego Ruiz de Montoya and others).


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