ABSTRACT

Several scholars active at Paris did have their theological works printed in the late-fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but it was precisely those who had the most conservative views, probably because of those views. For the Franciscans it was the Scotists, in this case the “Prince of the Scotists,” Francis of Meyronnes, and Peter of Aquila, known as “Little Scotus.” This chapter focuses on Franciscans, most of whom can be described as ‘Scotists’ to one degree or another on this issue, who concentrated on attacking Auriol’s theory of the will and indistance and defended a more anthropomorphic image of God. Taking their lead from Landulph Caracciolo, several theologians attacked the weak points of these elements of Auriol’s solution, and reaffirmed the more anthropomorphic, or at least worldly, side of the Christian God. Pierre Roger’s Sentences commentary has not been identified, but William Courtenay has studied his disputation with Meyronnes in light of the distinction between God’s absolute and ordained powers.