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Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

By (author) Dr. John Marenbon
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 28th Jan 2016
Dimensions: w 114mm h 174mm d 10mm
Weight: 143g
ISBN-10: 019966322X
ISBN-13: 9780199663224
Barcode No: 9780199663224
Synopsis
For many of us, the term 'medieval philosophy' conjures up the figure of Thomas Aquinas, and is closely intertwined with religion. In this Very Short Introduction John Marenbon shows how medieval philosophy had a far broader reach than the thirteenth and fourteenth-century universities of Christian Europe, and is instead one of the most exciting and diversified periods in the history of thought. Introducing the coexisting strands of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish philosophy, Marenbon shows how these traditions all go back to the Platonic schools of late antiquity and explains the complex ways in which they are interlinked. Providing an overview of some of the main thinkers, such as Boethius, Abelard, al-Farabi, Avicenna, Maimonides, and Gersonides, and the topics, institutions and literary forms of medieval philosophy, he discusses in detail some of the key issues in medieval thought: universals; mind, body and mortality; foreknowledge and freedom; society and the best life. ABOUT

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