Readings in Medieval Philosophy

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorAndrew B. Schoedinger

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The most comprehensive collection of its kind, this unique anthology presents fifty-four readings--many of them not widely available--by the most important and influential Christian, Jewish, and Muslim philosophers of the Middle Ages. The text is organized topically, making it easilyaccessible to students, and the large selection of readings provides instructors with maximum flexibility in choosing course material. Each thematic section is comprised of six chronologically arranged readings. This organization focuses on the major philosophical issues and allows a smooth introduction to the material. The topics covered are: (1) The Existence of God, (2) Ethics and the Problem of Evil, (3) God'sForeknowledge and Free Will, (4) Theology, (5) Political Philosophy, (6) Knowledge and Sensation, (7) Universals, (8) Logic and the Philosophy of Language and (9) Physics. Each text is preceded by a biographical note on the author and a brief analytical introduction. Unlike other anthologies, whichpresent sources as a series of truncated excerpts, this collection avoids intrusive editing and includes many selections in their entirety, thus preserving the rich flavor of the medieval mind at work.

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The most comprehensive collection of its kind, this unique anthology presents fifty-four readings--many of them not widely available--by the most important and influential Christian, Jewish, and Muslim philosophers of the Middle Ages. The text is organized topically, making it easilyaccessible to students, and the large selection of re...

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PART I: THE EXISTENCE OF GOD1. St. Augustine: The Free Choice of the Will, Book II, Chapters 3-152. Avicenna: The Proof of God's Existence from The Metaphysica of Avicenna3. St. Anselm and Gaunilon: Proslogium, Preface and Chapters I-IV; An Appendix in Behalf of the Fool by Gaunilon and Anselm's Apologetic4. William of Auvergne: The Trinity, Or The First Principle, Chapters I-III5. St, Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica Part I: Question I, Articles 1 and 2; Question II, Articles 1, 2 and 36. John Duns Scotus: "On the Existence of God" from A Treatise on God as First PrinciplePART II: ETHICS AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL7. Pseudo-Dionysius: "The Nature of Evil" from The Divine Names, Chapter Four8. Solomon Ibn Gabirol: The Improvement of the Moral Qualities9. Peter Abelard: Ethics, Prologue and Chapters I-XVI10. Moses Maimonides: Laws Concerning Character Traits11. St.Thomas Aquinas: "Disputed Questions Concerning Evil" from De Malo; Question One, Articles 1-4 and Question Three, Article 112. John Duns Scotus: God and Creatures; The Quodlibetal Questions; Question 18, Articles I-IIIPART III: GOD'S FOREKNOWLEDGE AND FREE WILL13. Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book V14. St. Anselm: Foreknowledge and Free Choice, Chapters 1-415. Averroes: "On God's Knowledge" from On the Harmony of Religion and Philosophy16. William of Ockham: "God's Causality and Foreknowledge"; Quodlibeta, III, Question iii and Ordinatio, D. XXXVIII, Question unica17. Levi ben Gerson: The Wars of the Lord, Book III, Divine Knowledge18. Peter de Rivo: A Quodlibetal Question on Future Contingents Disputed at Louvain in the year 1465PART IV: THEOLOGY19. St. Augustine: On the Immortality of the Soul20. Fridugisus of Tours: Letter to Charlemagne: On the Being (Substantia) of Nothing and Shadows21. John Scotus Eriugena: "On the Trinity" from Periphyseon, Book II; 561C-579D22. St. Peter Damian: Letter on Divine Omnipotence, Selections23. St. Anselm: Grace and Free Choice24. St. Bonaventure: Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity; Question II, Articles I and IIPART V POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY25. Al-Farabi: The Perfect State, Section V; Chapter 1526. John of Salisbury: The Policraticus, Book Four, Prologue and Chapters I-IV27. St. Thomas Aquinas: On Kingship to the King of Cyprus, Book One, Chapters I, II and VI, Book Two, Chapter III28. John of Paris: On Royal and Papal Power, Prologue and Chapters 1-729. Marsilius of Padua: The Defender of Peace, Discourse One, Chapters II and VIII-XIII30. William of Ockham: Eight Questions on the Power of the Pope, Question II, Chapters I and VII; Dialogus de Potestate Papae et Imperatoris, Part III: Treatise ii; Book II, Chapters 26-28PART VI: KNOWLEDGE AND SENSATION31. St. Augustine: The Trinity, Selections on Knowledge32. St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica, Part I, Question LXXXIV, Articles 6-8; Question LXXXV, Articles 1-8: Question LXXXVI, Articles 1-4 and Question LXXXVIII, Articles 1-333. Matthew of Aquasparta: Disputed Questions on Faith and Knowledge, Question I34. Nicolaus of Autrecourt: Two Letters to Bernard of Arezzo35. Jean Buridan: Commentary on Aristotle's De Anima, Book II, Questions 9-1136. Nicole Oresme: Prologue and Chapter One, "On the Causes of Marvels Involving Vision, from De causis mirabiliumPART VII: UNIVERSALS37. Peter Abelard: Glosses on Porphyry from Logica Ingredientibus, "On Universals"38. John of Salisbury: The Metalogicon, Book II, Chapters 17-2039. St. Thomas Aquinas: Concerning Being and Essence, Introduction and Chapters 1-440. John Duns Scotus: The Principle of Individuation, Questions One-Six41. William of Ockham: Summa logicae, Part I, Chapters 14-17; Quodlibet 4, Question 35 and Quodlibet 5, Questions 12 and 1342. Walter Burley: "On Universals"PART VIII: LOGIC AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE43. Boethius: On Division44. William of Sherwood: Introduction to Logic, Chapter Five, "Properties of Terms"45. Peter of Spain: "Treatise on Distributions" from Summulae Logicales46. Robert Kilwardby: "The Nature of Logic" and "Dialectic and Demonstration" from De ortu scientiarum47. John Buridan: Sophismata, Chapter VIII, "Insolubles"48. Paul of Venice: "On Entailment Propostions" from Logica MagnaPART IV: PHYSICS49. Robert Grosseteste: On Light50 Letter to Sigerus de Foucaucourt: On the Magnet. Peter Peregrinus of Maricourt: 51. Roger Bacon: Opus Majus, Part IV: Distinctions I, II and III52. John Pecham: Perspectiva communis, Part II, Reflection53. "The Impetus Theory of Projectile Motion" from Questions on the Eight Books of the Physics of Aristotle, Book VIII, Question 12; "On the Free Fall of Bodies" and "On the Diurnal Rotation of the Earth" from Questions on the Four Books on the Heavens and the World of Aristotle, Book II, Questions12 and 2254. Nicholas of Cusa: Concerning Experiments in Weight

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