Dominicus Gundissalinus (ca. 1120 – post 1191)

In a nutshell

Dominicus Gundissalinus or Gundisalvi was a translator and philosopher who worked in Toledo (Spain) during the second half of the 12th century. He has been the Latin initiator of crucial tendencies that would mark much of the later medieval discussion in ontology and natural philosophy.

Main stances

– universal hylomorphism
– plurality of substantial forms
– hylomorphism as the ontological correspondent to possible existence
– rejection of the theory of primordial chaos

Fundamental references

N. Polloni, The Twelfth-Century Renewal of Latin Metaphysics (Toronto: PIMS, 2020).

Texts currently included in the prime matter library

Gundissalinus, De processione mundi (= The Procession of the World)

Gundissalinus, De unitate et uno (= On Unity and the One)