© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2002 Medieval Encounters 8,1 Also available online – www.brill.nl TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES: JUAN DE SEGOVIA ON ISLAM AND CONCILIARISM JESSE D. MANN ABSTRACT The fteenth-century Spanish theologian Juan de Segovia is known primarily as a leading proponent of late medieval conciliarism and, to a lesser degree, as an advo- cate of peaceful resolution to Christian-Muslim con ict. Scholars who have studied Segovia’s Islamicism have generally emphasized his originality and his progressive approach. As a corrective to this justi able view, the present article outlines the traditional elements in Segovia’s portrayal of Islam, because these elements consti- tute rather an obstacle to Segovia’s own paci stic approach. In addition, this arti- cle suggests a connection between Segovia’s Islamicism and his conciliarism that hinges on the notion of truth. It is argued that Segovia’s university background pro- vides the crucial context for his understanding of truth, and thus for his views on ecclesiological as well as inter-religious con ict. In the 1514 edition of his ever-popular Praise of Folly , Erasmus wrote: So far as I can judge, Christians would be wise if, instead of sending out those regiments of thick-skulled soldiers who have
Medieval Encounters – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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