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William of Auxerre

1150-1231. Philosopher and theologian. After serving as archdeacon of Beauvais and then proctor of the University of Paris at the Roman Curia under Honorius III (1216-27), he was appointed (1230) by Gregory IX as a member of a commission of three to correct the physical treatises of Aristotle in order to bring him into line with Christian thought and to make him acceptable at the University of Paris. William died, however, before he could complete his part in this important assignment. He was largely influenced by Augustine* and Anselm of Canterbury* in his theology, and to some degree by Hugh* and Richard of St.-Victor.* His most famous work is his Summa Aurea (1215-20), which generally follows the pattern of the Sentences of Peter Lombard,* but covers some issues not treated by the latter.

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