Peter John Olivi

1248 - 1298

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Peter John Olivi, also Pierre de Jean Olivi or Petrus Joannis Olivi (1248 – March 14, 1298), was a French Franciscan theologian and philosopher who, although he died professing the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, remained a controversial figure in the arguments surrounding poverty at the beginning of the 14th century. In large part, this was due to his view that the Franciscan vow of poverty also entailed usus pauper (i.e., 'poor' or 'restricted' use of goods). While contemporary Franciscans generally agreed that usus pauper was important to the Franciscan way of life, they disagreed that it was part of their vow of poverty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter John Olivi has received more than 30,414 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Peter John Olivi is the 722nd most popular philosopher (down from 689th in 2019), the 2,353rd most popular biography from France (down from 2,187th in 2019) and the 92nd most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Peter John Olivi ranks 722 out of 1,081Before him are Yang Xiong, Asclepigenia, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Arnold Geulincx, Jean Ziegler, and Hermann von Keyserling. After him are Daisaku Ikeda, Jakob Lorber, Pantaenus, Anania Shirakatsi, Alexander Zinoviev, and Li Zhi.

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Among people born in 1248, Peter John Olivi ranks 6Before him are Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France, Giovanni Pisano, Angela of Foligno, Robert II, Duke of Burgundy, and Blanche of Artois.  Among people deceased in 1298, Peter John Olivi ranks 7Before him are Jacobus da Varagine, Adolf of Germany, Mechtilde, Yolanda of Poland, Ram Khamhaeng, and Smilets of Bulgaria. After him are Albert II, Duke of Saxony, Otto V, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel, Yang Hui, and Thoros III, King of Armenia.

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Among people born in France, Peter John Olivi ranks 2,353 out of 6,011Before him are Duke Philipp of Württemberg (1838), Pierre Alphonse Laurent (1813), André Tardieu (1876), Marie of the Incarnation (1566), Matthieu Ricard (1946), and Peter I, Duke of Brittany (1191). After him are Beatrice of Lorraine (1017), Germain Pilon (1525), Alexandre Brongniart (1770), Marina Ginestà (1919), Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac (1597), and Conon de Béthune (1150).


Among philosophers born in France, Peter John Olivi ranks 92Before him are Amalric of Bena (1150), Gilbert de la Porrée (1070), Étienne-Gabriel Morelly (1717), Émile Boutroux (1845), Jean-Marie Guyau (1854), and Fulbert of Chartres (960). After him are Julien Benda (1867), Michel Marcel Navratil (1908), Vladimir Jankélévitch (1903), Jean-Luc Marion (1946), William of Conches (1080), and Jean Guitton (1901).