Who is David of Dinant?

Who is David of Dinant?

June 25, 2021 Off By Felso

David of Dinant (David of Dinant) is a pantheist philosopher who lived in the early years of the 13th century.

Little is known about his life. It is not known exactly where he was born, when and where he died. It is thought that he lived in Rome for a while and taught in Paris.

His work “Quaternuli” (Small Notebooks) was condemned by the Paris Council in 1210 in Paris, and he was punished with a letter from Cardinal Robert Courçon in 1215. In a manuscript written by Alexander the Great in the Munich Library, it is mentioned that David fled from France as a result of condemnation.

The understanding of religion he constructed shows pantheism. This justifies the harsh measures applied by the Paris Council according to the values ​​of the time.

Almost all of his writings have been lost due to the punishments and condemnations he received. That is why his doctrines are the same as those of his contemporaries and opponents, especially Albert the Great and St. Derived from Thomas’ claims. From these sources we learn that David was a pantheist. He identified God with <i>“materia prima”</i>, the material substratum of all things. All reality into three categories; bodies, minds, and eternal pure matter. In his doctrine, the body is “with”; mind, soul and mind “nous”; eternal pure matter is also defined as God (Deus). As a result, its basic philosophy is based on the idea that everything material, intellectual and spiritual has one and the same essence.

<b>Author:</b> Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
<b>Source:</b> Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook (avid of Dinant) Who?