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A History of Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy
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This is the first comprehensive study of the philosophical achievements of twelfth-century Western Europe. It is the collaboration of fifteen scholars whose detailed survey makes accessible the intellectual preoccupations of the period, with all texts cited in English translation throughout. After a discussion of the cultural context of twelfth-century speculation, and some of the main streams of thought - Platonic, Stoic, and Arabic - that quickened it, comes a characterisation of the new problems and perspectives of the period, in scientific inquiry, speculative grammar, and logic. This is followed by a closer examination of the distinctive features of some of the most innovative thinkers of the time, from Anselm and Abelard to the School of Chartres. A final section shows the impact of newly recovered works of Aristotle in the twelfth-century West.

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‘This is a particularly well-produced collection of meticulously researched papers on central aspects of philosophy in 12th-century western Europe … As a model of accessibility to non-specialists its appearance is especially welcome at a time when philistine charges of irelevance are increasingly being made against disinterested scholarship.’

Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘All of the essays are of high quality and offer excellent introductions to the textual sources. Taken together they reveal a complementarity rare in collections of this kind.’

Source: History of European Ideas

‘[A History of Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy] belongs not only in all college and university libraries but also in the private libraries of all serious medievalists.’

Source: Speculum

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