Robert Cowton

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Robert Cowton (fl. 1300) was a Franciscan theologian active at the University of Oxford early in the fourteenth century. He was a follower of Henry of Ghent,[1] and in the Augustinian tradition.[2] He was familiar with the doctrines of Duns Scotus and Thomas Aquinas, and attempted a synthesis of them.[3]

He entered the Franciscan Order before age 13.[4] He presented a commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard around 1310.[5] Later, in an abbreviated form, this became a standard textbook of theology.[3] The work was criticised by Thomas Sutton.[3][6]


  1. ^ Antonie Vos, The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus (2006), p. 50.
  2. ^ Alister E. McGrath, The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation (2003), p. 84.
  3. ^ a b c J. I. Catto, Theologians 1220-1320 in The History of the University of Oxford (1984), p. 512.
  4. ^ William J. Courtenay, Adam Wodeham: An Introduction to His Life and Writings (1978), p. 46.
  5. ^ M. J. F. M. Hoenen, Marsilius of Inghen: Divine Knowledge in Late Medieval Thought (1993), p. 179.
  6. ^ Hoenen, p. 46.


  • B. Hechich (1958), De Immaculata Conceptione Beatae Mariae Virginis secundum Thomas de Sutton O.P. et Robertus Cowton O.F.M.
  • Hermann Theissing (1970), Glaube und Theologie bei Robert Cowton OFM

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