Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

2011 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Lagerlund

Parisian Condemnation of 1277

  • David Piché
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_370

Abstract

The act of censorship issued by the Bishop of Paris, Stephen Tempier, on March 7, 1277 constitutes one of the most significant events of thirteenth century intellectual history. Brandishing the threat of excommunication to prevent their circulation, Bishop Tempier condemned 219 philosophical and theological theses that he judged heterodoxical. In so doing, he was explicitly attacking the teaching of certain members of the Parisian Arts Faculty. Beyond the confrontation between orthodox ideas and contentious doctrines, the Parisian condemnation of 1277 allows us to observe a clash between divergent views of the status of philosophy and speaks to us of concurrent modes of existence. Consequently, it is not only a question of theoretical conflicts, but also of epistemological and ethical issues that assume critical significance in the history of western thought.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Piché
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  1. 1.Département de PhilosophieUniversité de MontréalMontréal, QCCanada