Monday, June 23, 2008

Gonsalvus Redivivus!

In the fourteenth century, at least. This is for Michael, a quote from Petrus Thomae's Quodlibet q.3 from a question about whether items such as truth, good, etc. as they are attributes of being are absolute or relative. It is on p.54 of the edition of Peter Thomae. I don't think he goes back to this later or comments much on it. But it shows Gonsalvus Hispanus had some influence in the 1320's.

"Ad hoc idem arguit frater Gonsalvus. Cuius fundamentum cui innititur est quia istae duae potentiae, videlicet intellectus et voluntas, sunt aequalis ambitus, quia quidquid potest attingi ab una, potest similiter ab alia; nec aliqua ratio potest ab una attingi quod non possit attingi ab alia. Ergo videtur quod earum non possint poni diversae rationes formales obiectivae"

Brother Gonsalvus argues to the same, the foundation of which argument is that those two powers, namely the intellect and will, are of equal range, because whatever can be attained by one, can likewise be attained by the other; nor is there some concept that can be attained by one that cannot be attained by the other. therefore it seems that there cannot be posited diverse formal concepts of them.


Michael Sullivan said...

This will prove useful. Thanks.

Lee Faber said...

Is this genuinely by brother G?

Michael Sullivan said...

sounds like him.