Nicholas of Amiens

Nicholas of Amiens (Nicholaus Ambianensis) (1147 – c.1200) was a French theologian, a pupil of Gilbert de la Porrée.

He is known for a single major work, the De arte catholicae fidei; it is modelled after Euclid's Elements.[1] Some still attribute it to Alain of Lille, a question that has divided scholars since the nineteenth century.[2]


  • G. R. Evans (1983), Alan of Lille: The Frontiers of Theology in the Later Twelfth Century, Appendix, on the authorship issue
  • Mechthild Dreyer (1993), Nikolaus von Amiens, Ars fidei catholicae: Ein Beispielwerk axiomatischer Methode


  1. ^ Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, article Literary Forms of Medieval Philosophy
  2. ^ Marie-Dominique Chenu, Nature, Man and Society in the Twelfth Century (1997), p. 45 and references.

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