<theology, medieval philosophy, Aquinas>, <aristotelianism, arabic philosophy, neoplatonism, Avicenna>, <Nicholas of Cusa, philosophy of science> German Dominican philosopher and Bishop of Ratisbon (1206-1280). Revered by his contemporaries as "doctor universalis" for the breadth of his philosophical knowledge, Albert tried to synthesize many disparate philosophical positions from the tradition but also encouraged empirical study as a source of knowledge of the natural world. He is remembered chiefly as the teacher and colleague who encouraged Thomas Aquinas to apply Aristotelian arguments to Christian thought.
[A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names]
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