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Hugh of St. Victor
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(d. Feb 11, 1141, Paris). Possibly born in Saxony, Hugh received his early education from the Augustinians at Halberstadt, but soon went to Paris to attend the school of St. Victor, whose most influential teacher he was to become. Before 1125 he wrote his Didascalion de studio legendi, a normative but also historically based theory of the sciences, of which he distinguishes four types: theoretical, practical, mechanical, and logical. Following Boethius, he divides the theoretical sciences into theology, mathematics, and physics. Logic comprises grammar, dialectic…

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Hugh of St. Victor”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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