History Of European Morals From Augustus To Charlemagne Volume 2

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byWilliam Edward Hartpole Lecky

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...were chiefly due to the pursuit of alchemy, or to Mohammedan encouragement. The inventions of the mariner's compass, of gunpowder, and of rag paper were all, indeed, of extreme importance; but they were great inventions only from their effects', and in no degree from the genius they implied. They were all unconnected with the prevailing intellectual tendencies or teachings, and might have equally appeared in any age and under any religion. The monasteries cultivated formal logic to great perfection. They produced many patient and laborious, though, for the most part, wholly uncritical scholars, and many philosophers who, having assumed their premises with unfaltering faith, reasoned from them with admirable subtlety; but they taught men to regard the sacrifice of secular learning as a noble thing; they impressed upon them a theory of the habitual government of the universe, which is absolutely untrue, and they diffused, wherever their influence extended, habits of credulity and intolerance that are the most deadly poisons to the human mind. 1 A biographer of St. Thomas Aquinas modestly observes: ' L'opinion gemlralement repandue parmi les the'ologiens c'est que la Somme de Thfoloyie de St.-Thomas est non-seulement son chef-d'reuvre mais aussi celui do 1'esprit humain' (!!).--Carle, Hist, de St.-T/winas tfAquin, p. 140. It is, again, very frequently observed among the more philosophic eulogists of the mediaeval period, that although the Catholic Church is a trammel and an obstacle to the progress of civilised nations, although it would be scarcely possible to exaggerate the misery her persecuting spirit caused, when the human mind had outstripped her teaching; yet there was a time when she was greatly in advance of the age, and the complete and...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...were chiefly due to the pursuit of alchemy, or to Mohammedan encouragement. The inventions of the mariner's compass, of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.32 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217489281

ISBN - 13:9780217489287

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