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Title: Anthony of Parma's Questio utrum primum principium sive Deus ipse sit potentie infinite
Subtitle: An Introduction and Edition
Author(s): CÔTÉ, Antoine
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 84 Issue: 1 Date: 2017
Anthony of a Parma was an Italian philosopher and medical scholar active in the first three decades of the fourteenth century, whose favourite philosophical authorities were Aristotle and Averroes. In an intriguing disputed question, he argues that it is possible to demonstrate the infinity of God’s power. This article seeks to explicate Anthony’s key arguments in support of this thesis as well as to identify his main contemporaneous sources. It also highlights the peculiar way in which Anthony attempts to resolve the inconsistency between his position, which ultimately relies on Aristotle and Averroes, and that of the Catholic faith, whose truth, he contends, 'must always be put forward in all matters', even though this appears to imply that Aristotle’s position is 'totally impossible and false'. The article is followed by a critical edition of the quaestio.