Dinanto, David De

, an heretic of the thirteenth century, was a disciple of Amauri or Almaric, who imbibed many errors from the study of Aristotle, and fell under the ecclesiastical censure of the second council of Paris. (See Amauri). The writings both of Amauri and Dinanto were condemned to be burned, which sentence | was followed by a general prohibition of the use of the physical and metaphysical writings of Aristotle in the schools, by the synod of Paris, and afterwards, under pope Innocent III. by the council of the Laternu. Dinanto expressed the fundamental principle of his master in the following proposition, “God is the primary matter and substance of all things.” He composed a work entitled “Quaternarii,” with several other productions, which were chiefly designed to atfect and gain the multitude, in which he partly succeeded until he was obliged to save himself by flight. 1


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