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Nicholas of Autrecourt
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(1298/1299, Autrécourt – Jun 17, 1369, Metz). After studying law in Orleans (?) and theology in Paris, in 1335/1336 he received his first degree in theology and in 1339/1340 his licentiate. In 1340 he was appointed dean of the cathedral chapter of Metz. In 1340 Benedict XII summoned him to Avignon to stand trial for false teaching; in 1346 he was finally condemned by Pope Clement VI and had to recant. In his writings and correspondence (e.g. with the Franciscan Bernard of Arezzo), he called internal and external sense experience the only source …

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Nicholas of Autrecourt”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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