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Bernard of Trille


Also called Bernard of Trilia, or de la Treille, Dominican Thomistic philosopher and theologian; b. Nîmes, southern France, c. 1240; d. Avignon, Aug. 4, 1292. After lecturing in various Dominican houses in Provence between 1266 and 1276, he was sent to the University of Paris in 1279 to lecture on the Sentences. He taught as master in Paris (128487). His unfinished quodlibets, as well as the greater part of his writings, date from the period of his mastership. Active in the internal affairs of the order, he was elected provincial of Provence in 1291, but he was removed in 1292 because of his defense of the master general, F. Munio, who had been deposed by nich olas iv. He then retired to Avignon. Highly esteemed as a teacher and writer, he applied strictly Thomistic doctrines to problems of his day. Among his works are a commentary on the Sentences, Quaestiones 18 de cognitione animae coniunctae, Quaestiones de differentia esse et essentiae, Quaestiones de spiritualibus creaturis et de potentia Dei, three Quodlibets, postils on several books of the Bible, two sermons, and questions on the De sphera of john de sacrobosco. Only a few of his works are printed and many are incomplete or lost.

Bibliography: m. grabmann, "Bernhard von Trilia, O.P.," Divus Thomas 13 (1935) 385399; in p. glorieux, Répertoire des maîtres en théologie de Paris au XIII e siècle (Paris 193334) 1:155157. j. quÉtif and j. Échard, Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum (New York 1959) 1.1:432434. f. stegmÜller, Repertorium biblicum medii aevi (Madrid 194961) 173945. e. filthaut, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner (Freiburg 195765) 2:249. f. j. roensch, Early Thomistic School (Dubuque 1964).

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