During the era of scholasticism, which began ca. 1100, philosophy became
the handmaiden of theology. A common exercise in the schools was the quodlibetal
disputation, in which a master would be given a theological question that
he had to answer using philosophical arguments. "Quodlibet"
is Latin for "anything at all," indicating that the theologian
had to be prepared for a no-holds-barred battle of wits. The debates were
recorded by scribes and published in collections. This manuscript contains
the collection of quodlibetal disputations by the late 13th-century theologian
and bishop, James of Viterbo.
Purchased in 1893 for A.D. White.
James of Viterbo. Quodlibeta. France (?), 14th
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