Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Medieval Philosophy A Very Short Introduction 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 philoso

  • Title: Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: John Marenbon
  • ISBN: 9780199663224
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 inFor 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 THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    1. Marenbon presents what I suppose is the newly forming consensus in the field; that studying "Medieval Philosophy" really means studying the Byzantine, Arabic, Jewish and Latin traditions in conjunction with each other. The difficulty with this method, especially in the context of a "very short introduction", is that any systematic philosophical treatment of a thinker is impossible. JM makes a valiant effort, but one of the drawbacks of this book is that many thinkers-- especially thinkers whose [...]

    2. I should not have attempted a book on philosophy whilst suffering a head cold. This is not the fault of the book or its author.

    3. Very good! It shows how interesting medieval philosophy really was, taking into account also authors from the Jewish, Islamic and Orthodox traditions. I really recommend!

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