Brother Alexander of Hales

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Theologian and philosopher. He joined the Franciscans in 1222, and was installed as the first Franciscan teacher of theology in the University of Paris in 1231. He was the earliest of the great 13th century Schoolmen. Author of the unfinished “Summa Universal Theologian,” the first attempted systematic exposition of Catholic doctrine following the introduction into Europe and knowledge of Aristotle’s complete works, he gave definite form to the Scholastic method and its application to theology, and outlined the plan later followed by all the great “Summae.”

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  • “Brother Alexander of Hales”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>