John of Reading

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John of Reading (Latin: Johannes de Reading, Johannes Radingia; died 1346) was an English Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher. He was an early opponent of William of Ockham, and a follower of Duns Scotus. He wrote a commentary on the Sentences around 1320, at the University of Oxford. He argued for the unity of science.[1] John of Reading also is credited with the "Prose for Christmas Day", the source for the Christmas Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (Adeste Fideles).

In 1322 he moved to a teaching position at Avignon, which in modern times is a commune in the Vaucluse department in southeastern France.[2] Reading is buried at Avignon.[3]

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  1. ^ Steven John Livesey, Theology and Science in the Fourteenth Century: Three Questions on the Unity of Science from John of Reading's Commentary on the Sentences (1989), p. 76.
  2. ^ Jorge J. E. Gracia, Timothy B. Noone, A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages (2003), p.390.
  3. ^ Parkinson, Anthony (1726). Collectanea Anglo-Minoritica, Or, A Collection of the Antiquities Of The English Franciscans, Or Friers Minors, Commonly Call'd Gray Friers: In Two Parts. With an Appendix concerning the English Nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. p. 149. Retrieved November 21, 2010. Anno 1335 II. Br. Thomas of St. Dunstan, Br. John of Reading buried at Avignon, Br. John of Yornton, Br. Richard of Drayton buried at Shrewsbury. These were Four of the Oxford Franciscan Regents, or chief Professors mention'd by Mr. Wood, from Eccleston's List: And if I may be allow'd to guess by several of their Juniors being dead sooner, they did not Survive this Year. 
  • Katherine H. Tachau, Optics, Epistemology and the Foundations of Semantics, 1250-1345 (1988) pp. 165–179

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