Medieval Thought by David Luscombe

Medieval Thought

byDavid Luscombe

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The Middle Ages span a period of well over a millennium: from the emperor Constantine's Christian conversion in 312 to the early sixteenth century. During this time there was remarkable continuity of thought, but there were also many changes made in different philosophies: various breaks,revivals, and rediscoveries. David Luscombe's history of Medieval Thought steers a clear path through this long period, beginning with the three greatest influences on medieval philosophy: Augustine, Boethius, and Pseudo-Denis, and focusing on Alcuin, Abelard, Anselm, Aquinas, Ockham, Duns Scotus,and Eckhart amongst others in the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. Medieval philosophy is widely regarded as having a theological and religious orientation, but more recently attention has been given to the early study of logic, language, and the philosophy of science. This history therefore gives a fascinating insight into medieval views on aspects such asastronomy, materialism, perception, and the nature of the soul.

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David Luscombe is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield.

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Title:Medieval ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction1. Three authorities2. The beginnings of medieval philosophy3. The revival of the eleventh and twelfth centuries4. The enlargement of the field of thought in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries5 The thirteenth century: until 1277. 6 The thirteenth century: after 1277. 7. The fourteenth century8. The fifteenth centuryNotes; Index

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The Middle Ages span a period of well over a millennium: from the emperor Constantine's Christian conversion in 312 to the early sixteenth century. During this time there was remarkable continuity of thought, but there were also many changes made in different philosophies: various breaks, revivals and rediscoveries. David Luscombe's history of Medieval Thought steers a clear path through this long period, beginning with three great influences on medieval philosophy: Augustine, Boethius, and Pseudo-Denis, and focusing on Alcuin, then Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Ockham, Duns Scotus, and Eckhart amongst others from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. Medieval philosophy is widely regarded as having a theological and religious orientation, but more recently attention has been given to the early study of logic, language, and the philosophy of science. This history therefore gives a fascinating insight into medieval views on aspects such as astronomy, materialism, perception, and the nature of the soul, as well as of God

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"It is one of the strengths of this study that Luscombe explores the variety and subtlety of medieval thought in logic, the philosophy of language, psychology, natural philosophy, and ethics, as well as discussing God and the soul."--Choice