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The philosophy of Peter Abelard

Author: John Marenbon
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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This 1997 book offers a major reassessment of the philosophy of Peter Abelard (1079-1142), including a discussion of his life and letters, which argues that he was not, as usually presented, a  Read more...


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Named Person: Peter Abelard; Petrus Abaelardus; Peter Abaelard; Petrus Abaelardus; Peter Abelard
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Marenbon
ISBN: 0521663997 9780521663991 9780521553971 0521553970
OCLC Number: 41465569
Notes: Originally published: 1997.
Description: xx, 373 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface; List of abbreviations; Note on the reference system; Introduction; Part I: 1. A life; 2. Teachings and writings on logic; 3. Abelard's theological project; Excursus I: the letters of Abelard and Heloise; Conclusion: Abelard's logic and his theory; Part II: Introduction; 4. Logic, philosophy and exegesis; 5. Substance, differentiae and accidents; 6. Forms and language; 7. Perception and knowledge; 8. Universals; Conclusion: dicta, non-things and the limits of Abelard's ontology; Part III: Introduction; 9. Ethics, God's power and his wisdom; 10. God's goodness: theodicy and the meaning of 'good'; 11. Act, intention and consent; 12. Contempt, law and conscience; 13. Virtue, love and merit; Excursus II: love, selflessness and Heloise; 14. Ethics, society and practice; Conclusion: Abelard's theological doctrines and his philosophical ethics; General conclusion; Appendix: Abelard as a 'critical thinker'; Select bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: John Marenbon.


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