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The evolution of medieval thought.

Author: David Knowles
Publisher: Baltimore, Helicon Press [1962]
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"One of the many merits of this book is that it places Western scholasticism in its setting--and this both in space and in time. Plotinus lives on, Aristotle comes back to life again, Averroes breaks in--but this is not the right word, for this Muslim philosopher and his Western Christian disciples are inmates of the same house. Professor Knowles brings out the unity of Islamic and Western Christian culture.  Read more...
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Knowles, David, 1896-1974.
Evolution of medieval thought.
Baltimore, Helicon Press [1962]
(OCoLC)644435579
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Knowles
OCLC Number: 937364
Description: 356 pages 23 cm
Contents: Part one : the legacy of the ancient world --
Plato and Aristotle --
The later Platonists and Plotinus --
St. Augustine --
Boethius and Dionysius --
Education in the ancient world --
Part two : the renaissance of the eleventh and twelfth centuries --
The rebirth of the schools --
The awakening of Western Europe --
The revival of dialectic: Berenger, Lanfranc and Anselm --
The question of universals --
Peter Abelard --
The school of chartres and John of Salisbury --
The school of St. Victor and St. Bernard --
Part three : the new universities: the rediscovery of Aristotle --
The origins of the universities --
Studies, degrees and text-books --
The rediscovery of Aristotle --
Arabian and Jewish philosophy --
The problems of the soul and the process of cognition --
Part four : the achievement of the thirteenth century --
The philosophical revolution of the thirteenth century --
The Franciscan school at Paris --
Albert the Great --
St. Thomas Aquinas --
Siger of Brebant and the faculty of arts --
England in the thirteenth century --
Part five : the breakdown of the medieval synthesis --
The aftermath of Aristotle --
Henry of Ghent and Duns Scotus --
The breakdown of the synthesis --
William of Ockham --
The harvest of nominalism.

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"One of the many merits of this book is that it places Western scholasticism in its setting--and this both in space and in time. Plotinus lives on, Aristotle comes back to life again, Averroes breaks in--but this is not the right word, for this Muslim philosopher and his Western Christian disciples are inmates of the same house. Professor Knowles brings out the unity of Islamic and Western Christian culture. Medieval Islam and Western Christendom had a common mental heritage of Jewish religion and Greek philosophy; both were stimulated intellectually by a tension between the Judaic and the Hellenic pole of their thought; and the same stimulus led thinkers in both provinces of this Judaistic-Hellenistic Christian-Muslim world to interest themselves in the same problems."--In The Observer (London).

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