Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

2011 Edition
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Philip the Chancellor

  • Rollen Edward Houser
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_390


Philip the Chancellor’s Summa de bono (1225–1228) was developed around a central controlling analogy. Just as creatures are good in three ways (transcendentally, in their natural species or kinds, and in their perfective acts), so also are human acts morally good in three ways (through “generic goodness,” the goodness of moral species, and meritorious goodness). Philip focused his account of goodness in creatures on the transcendentals and his account of moral goodness on the theological and cardinal virtues.

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Primary Sources

  1. Philip the Chancellor (1985) Summa de bono, ed. Wicki N. Francke, BernGoogle Scholar

Secondary Sources

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rollen Edward Houser
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  1. 1.Center for Thomistic StudiesUniversity of St. ThomasHoustonUSA