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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought$
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M. S. Kempshall

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207160.001.0001

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Godfrey of Fontaines—Love, Virtue, and Justice

Godfrey of Fontaines—Love, Virtue, and Justice

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(p.204) 8 Godfrey of Fontaines—Love, Virtue, and Justice
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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought
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M. S. KEMPSHALL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207160.003.0009

This chapter examines Godfrey of Fontaines' philosophy and theology. It notes that for Godfrey of Fontaines, the connection between the hierarchy of goodness and the hierarchy of love derives from the connection between the intellect and the will. It explains that since the characteristic activity of the intellect is to apprehend being (or goodness) and the characteristic activity of the will is to love, any discussion of the relationship between the intellect and the will necessarily involves a discussion of the relationship between goodness and love. It reports that Godfrey describes the metaphysical nature of the common good in terms of an order of principle of goodness and the natural appetite of Creation towards it.

Keywords:   Godfrey of Fontaines, philosophy, theology, hierarchy of goodness, hierarchy of love, intellect, will, metaphysical nature, common good, Creation

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