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Divine PowerThe Medieval Power Distinction up to its Adoption by Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas$
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Lawrence Moonan

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.001.0001

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The Earlier Medieval Power Distinction

The Earlier Medieval Power Distinction

(p.327) 9 The Earlier Medieval Power Distinction
Divine Power

Lawrence Moonan

Oxford University Press

Elements of an appreciation can now be put together. This involves locating the Distinction in its genre, drawing attention to salient features of the circumstances in which it was used, and providing the bones of an analysis. It concludes the account of how the earlier medieval Power Distinction was understood and used. Brief queries are added on its aptness alike for purposes to which it was addressed, and others to which it might yet be. It is surely no accident that the earliest users to appear are pupils of the Masters who brought philosophy back from the groves and cloisters to the (publicly regulated) market-place. For the Distinction is to be understood as at bottom a dialectical device, an element in the regimented or stylised speech of the informal but disciplined inquiries in which the Masters of the twelfth century had brought back the spirit of Socrates.

Keywords:   Power Distinction, pupils, Masters, philosophy, Socrates

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