Fabri, Filippo (Faber)

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Theologian, commentator on duns scotus; b. Spinata di Brisighella, Italy, 1564; d. Padua, Aug. 27, 1630. He joined the Friars Minor Conventual in 1583. After ordination he studied at the friaries of Ferrara, Padua, and Rome. His fame spread and he became professor of philosophy (1603) and theology (1613) at the University of Padua. Although elected provincial of Bologna (162530), he continued to lecture on the teachings of Duns Scotus, becoming renowned for his clear explanations of Scotistic doctrine. Among his writings are: Philosophia naturalis Duns Scoti (1601), Disputationes theologicae (1620), Theologicae disputationes de predestinatione (1623). The Commen. in XII libros metaphysicorum Aristotelis ad mentem Scoti and De primatu Petri, et Pontificis Romani were published posthumously (Venice 1637). Many of his works are in manuscripts in the Paduan Library. He collaborated in the writing of the Urban Constitutions for the Order of Minor Conventuals.

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