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Hugh of Saint Victor,

1096–1141, French or German philosopher and theologian, a canon regular of the monastery of St. Victor, Paris, from c.1115. In 1133 he was made head of the monastery school, which became under him one of the principal centers of learning in medieval France. Hugh made St. Victor the chief competitor of Abelard's school (see AbelardAbelard, Peter
, Fr. Pierre Abélard , 1079–1142, French philosopher and teacher, b. Le Pallet, near Nantes. Life

Abelard went (c.1100) to Paris to study under William of Champeaux at the school of Notre Dame and soon attacked the ultrarealist
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). Hugh's Eruditionis didascaliae libri VII expounds his new contribution to the division of knowledge. De sacramentis Christianae fidei (On the Sacraments of the Christian Faith; tr. by R. J. Defarrari, 1957), Hugh's chief work, is a general thesis on dogmatic theology, giving him his high place in medieval philosophy. Hugh also wrote many mystical works (e.g., Arca Noë moralis, Arca Noë mystica, De amore sponsi ad sponsam) and he was long best known for them. His mystical teaching was very influential in the history of his school, but he was not so extreme as his successors, notably Richard of Saint VictorRichard of Saint Victor,
d. 1173, Scottish monk and mystic, prior of the Abbey of St. Victor, Paris. His principal importance is in the history of mystical theology, in which he is a successor to Hugh of Saint Victor.
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. He was responsible for the celebrated division of the mystical ascent into three stages: thought (with which we see God in nature), meditation (with which we see God within ourselves), and contemplation (with which we see God as if face to face).


See The Didascalicon of Hugh of St. Victor (with notes and tr. by J. Taylor, 1961, rpt. 1991).

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