ND   JMC : History of Medieval Philosophy / by Maurice De Wulf

343. Boethius the Dacian and Bernier of Nivelles. -- About BOËTHIUS THE DACIAN (Boëthius de Dacia), a contemporary of Siger of Brabant, we know very little. He probably shared in the fortunes of the latter. His writings are chiefly on logic,{1} and Hauréau draws attention in one of them to a number of theses, unimportant in themselves, but corresponding to propositions condemned in 1277.{2} We learn further, from a Sorbonne manuscript, that Boethius was directly censured by the bishop, Stephen Tempier; and the name of Boëthius is connected by Raymond Lully with that of Siger of Brabant.

BERNIER OF NIVELLES was, like Siger, a canon of St. Martin of Liége, and, like Siger too, was suspected of heresy in 1277,{3} and cited to appear before the tribunal of Simon Duval; but he was dealt with more leniently than Siger.{4}

{1} Amongst them a Commentary on the Majus Volumen Prisciani, on the Octo L. Topicorum, on the two Analytica and on the Sophismata. HAURÉAU, Journal des savants, 1886, p. 176. On the identity of Boëthius, see MANDONNET, op. cit., p. ccxlii.

{2} In Octo L. Topic. (ibid.).

{3} BAEUMKER, op. cit., p. 65.

{4} MANDONNET, op. cit., pp. cclxv and cclvii.

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