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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought$
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M. S. Kempshall

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207160.001.0001

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Henry of Ghent—Authority, Obedience, and Resistance

Henry of Ghent—Authority, Obedience, and Resistance

(p.179) 7 Henry of Ghent—Authority, Obedience, and Resistance
The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought


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This chapter examines Henry of Ghent's moral and political philosophy. It discusses the ramifications of the controversy over Ad fructus uberes where disputes between secular masters and mendicant friars had always involved discussion of the standard which should be used to compare the relative worth of the active and the contemplative lives. The issuance of Ad fructus uberes introduces questions of more immediate significance for the government of the church. It notes that Henry's discussion of the relative merits of the active and contemplative lives, the exercise of papal dispensation, and the limits to obedience and resistance, all made extensive use of a notion of the common good. It observes that Henry's conclusions had repercussions which went much further than ecclesiology.

Keywords:   Henry of Ghent, political philosophy, Ad fructus uberes, secular masters, mendicant friars, papal dispensation, obedience, resistance, common good, ecclesiology

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