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Divine Power: The Medieval Power Distinction up to its Adoption by Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas

Lawrence Moonan


What can or can't God do? What flexibility is there in the precise manner by which he executes his decrees? This book is a radically new interpretation of one of the key concepts of medieval religious philosophy: the concept of the power of God. It provides a thought-provoking and illuminating analysis of the arguments advanced by the medieval schoolmen to tackle this problem, concentrating in particular on the distinction they made between ‘absolute’ and ‘ordained’ divine power. In doing so, it brings to light some challenging and important new insights on the work of some of the most importa ... More

Keywords: God, decrees, medieval religious philosophy, absolute divine power, ordained divine power, Middle Ages, Albert, Bonaventure, Aquinas, secular predecessors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198267553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Moonan, author
Bolton University