Medieval Philosophy and Theology

The Problem of a Plurality of Eternal Beings in Robert Grosseteste

a1 Georgetown University


The topic of this essay is what I name “Christian dualism,” the idea that God the Creator and creatures comprise an exhaustive and mutually exclusive classification of the contents of reality. I am concerned with one of the most penetrating discussions of this issue to be found in the early thirteenth century, Robert Grosseteste’s treatment of challenges to Christian dualism.