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Remigio dei Girolami

  • Teresa Pugh RuppEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_434-2


Remigio dei Girolami, O.P. (c. 1245–1319) was a Florentine Dominican preacher, teacher, and theologian. He studied with Thomas Aquinas at the University of Paris. Remigio spent most of his career as lector of theology at Santa Maria Novella, the Dominican house in Florence. Dante may have been one of his students, but the evidence for this is inconclusive. Through his numerous sermons and treatises, he transmitted scholastic ideas to his fellow Dominicans and the people of Florence, as well as applying them to the local situation. Contra falsos ecclesie professores (before 1298), Remigio’s treatise on the church, shows him to have been a moderate papal hierocrat. His political treatises, De bono communi (1302) and De bono pacis (1304), were written in response to the 1301–1302 factional crisis in Florence between black and white Guelfs. Often considered to be extreme examples of medieval anti-individualism, they are an interesting adaptation of the theory of wholes and parts and of the theological concept of the order of charity to a specific political situation. In De bono communi, Remigio argues that the common good (which he identifies with the good of the commune) ought to come before particular good by inserting the commune into the traditional order of charity (God, self, neighbor, body), either before or after the self, depending on whether the commune is considered to be an integral or a universal whole.

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Web Site

  1. Panella, E. O. P. Remigio di ser Chiaro dei Girolami da Firenze, (†1319). http://www.e-theca.net/emiliopanella/remigio/index.htm (Includes all Panella’s published works on Remigio, as well as a continually updated bibliography and additional material, including previously unpublished editions and Italian translations).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryMount Saint Mary’s UniversityEmmitsburgUSA