Moral Philosophy as the Finis Completion of Philosophical Studies

One interesting development in Roger Bacon, which he shares with the Poet, Dante Alighieri, is his explicit subordination of theoretical philosophy to practical philosophy.5 The extent to which both Bacon and Dante differ from other Medieval Philosophers has been recognized by the late Etienne Gilson. In the Opus maius and elsewhere, Bacon explicitly follows a conception of the goal or completion of Philosophia which is clearly set out by Maimonides in The Guide. The question naturally arises as to what extent Bacon was influenced by this theme in Maimonides.

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