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Warriors of the cloisters : the Central Asian origins of science in the medieval world

Author: Christopher I Beckwith
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
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"In this provocative book, Christopher I. Beckwith traces how the recursive argument method was first developed by Buddhist scholars and was spread by them throughout ancient Central Asia. He shows how the method was adopted by Islamic Central Asian natural philosophers - most importantly by Avicenna, one of the most brilliant of all medieval thinkers - and transmitted to the West when Avicenna's works were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher I Beckwith
ISBN: 9780691155319 0691155313
OCLC Number: 774982531
Description: xvi, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The recursive argument method of medieval science --
From college and universitas to university --
Buddhist Central Asian invention of the method --
Islamization in classical Arabic Central Asia --
Transmission to medieval Western Europe --
India, Tibet, China, Byzantium, and other control cases --
Appendix A: On the Latin translations of Avicenna's works --
Appendix B: On Peter of Poitiers --
Appendix C: The charter of the College des Dix-huit.
Responsibility: Christopher I. Beckwith.

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Shows how the key cultural innovations from Central Asia revolutionized medieval Europe and gave rise to the culture of science in the West. This title traces how the recursive argument method was  Read more...

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