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Title: The Quodlibet of Richard Knapwell O.P.
Subtitle: An Introduction and Critical Edition
Author(s): PERRONE, Massimo
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 86 Issue: 2 Date: 2019
The English Dominican theologian Richard Knapwell, master of theology at Oxford in 1284-85, was one of the most significant figures that contributed to the early diffusion of Thomism in England. Knapwell, who is mainly known for his Correctorium ‘Quare’ (transmitted anonymously but generally ascribed to him) and for his disputed questions on the unicity of the substantial form and on the word, is also the author of 29 short quodlibetal questions, probably discussed at Oxford, in which Aquinas’s teaching is, in most cases, defended. Knapwell supports, for instance, the real distinction between essence and the act of existing as well as the doctrine of angels as individual immaterial essences. Nevertheless, the unicity of substantial form is not yet defended. This evidence suggests that Knapwell’s adherence to Thomism has not been an uncritical process, but a gradual approach that was subject to evaluation. In the first part of the present contribution, the main aspects concerning Knapwell’s life and works are summarized. The second part offers the first complete critical edition of Knapwell’s Quodlibet.