John of Reading

John of Reading (Latin: Johannes de Reading, Johannes Radingia, Ioannes Radingiensis; died 1346) was an English Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher. He was an early opponent of William of Ockham, and a follower of Duns Scotus. He wrote a commentary on the Sentences around 1320, at the University of Oxford. He argued for the unity of science.[1]

In 1322 he moved to a teaching position at Avignon, then the seat of the Avignon Papacy.[a] Reading is buried at Avignon.[2]


  1. ^ In modern times a commune in the Vaucluse department in southeastern France. Jorge J. E. Gracia, Timothy B. Noone, A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages (2003), p. 390.


  1. ^ Steven John Livesey, Theology and Science in the Fourteenth Century: Three Questions on the Unity of Science from John of Reading's Commentary on the Sentences (1989), p. 76.
  2. ^ Parkinson, Anthony (1726). Collectanea Anglo-Minoritica, Or, A Collection of the Antiquities Of The English Franciscans, Or Friers Minors, Commonly Call'd Gray Friers: In Two Parts. With an Appendix concerning the English Nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. Thomas Smith. p. 149. Retrieved 21 November 2010. Anno 1335 II. Br. Thomas of St. Dunstan, Br. John of Reading buried at Avignon, Br. John of Yornton, Br. Richard of Drayton buried at Shrewsbury. These were Four of the Oxford Franciscan Regents, or chief Professors mention'd by Mr. Wood, from Eccleston's List: And if I may be allow'd to guess by several of their Juniors being dead sooner, they did not Survive this Year.


  • Katherine H. Tachau, Optics, Epistemology and the Foundations of Semantics, 1250-1345 (1988) pp. 165–179

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