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Peter of Poitiers (Saint)
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(c. 1130, Poitiers – Sep 3, 1205, Paris) studied at Paris before 1159 and was a student of Peter Lombard. In 1169 he succeeded Peter Comestor in the chair of theology. In 1193 he succeeded Hilduin as chancellor of Notre Dame. In his magnum opus, Sententiarum libri quinque, published before 1170, he applied the dialectical method to theology. His sermons have also survived. His theological methodology was criticized severely in 1180 by Walter of St. Victor, who attacked him along with Abelard as one the “four labyrinths of France.”

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Peter of Poitiers (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024494>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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