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Abelard, Peter
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(Abailardus, Baiolardus; “Peripateticus Palatinus”) was born in 1079 in Le Pallet near Nantes, and died on Apr 21, 1142 in St-Marcel near Chalon-sur-Saône. In order to devote himself to scholarship, he renounced his rights as firstborn in his equestrian family. From 1095 to 1102, he studied logic under Roscelin of Compiègne and under William of Champeaux in Paris. From 1102 to 1105, he taught in Corbeil and Melun. After spending some time in his home town, he studied rhetoric in 1108/1109 under William in Paris, but clashed with him over the question of universals. From 1…

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Abelard, Peter”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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