William of Ockham Additional Biography


(Survey of World Philosophers)

Article abstract: Ockham held that intuition was the only form of knowledge and that God could be approached only through faith and revelation, not through the “proofs” of natural reason. Misconstrued, Ockham’s nominalism—his rejection of the idea of abstract entities, or universals—had serious implications for the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist.

Early Life

Nothing is known of William of Ockham’s parents or childhood, except that he entered the Franciscan order before he was fourteen and received his early education at the Franciscan house at Southwark. In 1303, he was ordained a subdeacon by Archbishop Winchelsey and thereafter went to Oxford University, where he...

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