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Session of March 3

Session held within the framework of the international colloquium « Pierre d’Ailly. Un esprit universel à l’aube du XVe siècle »

Michel ZINK, Secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie des Inscriptions et BellesLettres : Welcome speech

Jacob SCHMUTZ, Lecturer at the University Paris-Sorbonne, under the patronage of Jacques VERGER : De Paris à Harvard : Pierre d’Ailly et l’éthique du commandement divin

Jean-Patrice BOUDET, Professor at the University of Orléans, under the patronage of André VAUCHEZ : Pierre d’Ailly, un esprit universel ?

Résumé : In the common vocabulary of our century, a “universal mind” is one with a wide variety of knowledge. An overall review of Pierre d’Ailly’s works reveals that he easily fits in this category. It is certainly permissible to question the coherence and evolution of his intellectual approach. But it is in a completely voluntary way that he became one of the masters of thought of his time. The knowledge of a cleric of this wide spreading is an investment in the hereafter. Pierre d’Ailly’s fame at the dawn of the Renaissance was therefore that of a scholar, a theologian, a philosopher “secundum viam nominalium” but also an unparalleled preacher.

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