The Intellectual Life of Western Europe in the Middle Ages / Edition 2

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This work presents a connected account of western European thought from the Patristic age to the mid-fourteenth century. Dales aims to keep his reader close to the sense of the texts, which he translates, frequently at some length, or summarizes in his exposition.
He attempts to include important matters which are generally omitted in broad treatments — the chapter on the tenth century is the longest in the book — but the author's choice of topics is fully justified by his special intimacy with what he elects to discuss, particularly the hexameral tradition (ancient and medieval), the scientific tradition, twelfth-century treatises on nature and cosmology, discussions of the eternity of the world, and the thought of Robert Grosseteste. This adds a personal and distinctive character to the word.
Dales stresses throughout the diversity and vigor of medieval thought, qualities which he illustrates widely from Latin and vernacular poetry and literature of various kinds as well as from philosophical and theological texts.

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'The theme of diversity and incompatibilty makes this text an inspiring companion to a survey on medieval science, because it blends literary and artistic materials with philosophical, theological, and institutional issues.'
Steven J. Livesey, ISIS, 1994.
A chronological account of western European thought from Christian Rome to the rise of the universities in the mid-14th century. Summarizes and quotes from texts on the hexameral tradition, science, nature, and cosmology. Corrected and slightly revised from the 1980 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004096226
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard C. Dales is Professor at the University of California and has published extensively on medieval philosophy. His most recent books are Medieval Discussions of the Eternity of the World (Brill, 1990), and (with Omar Argerami) Medieval Texts on the Eternity of the World (Brill, 1991).
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Roman Empire
Ch. 1 The Intellectual Climate of the Roman Empire 1
Ch. 2 The Christian Empire 11
Ch. 3 Debased Roman Culture 40
Pt. 2 The Carolingian Age
Ch. 4 Antecedent Developments 65
Ch. 5 The First Generation of Carolingian Scholars 76
Ch. 6 The Later Carolingian Age 89
Pt. 3 The Romanesque Age
Ch. 7 The Tenth Century 108
Ch. 8 Monastic and Cathedral Schools of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 147
Ch. 9 The Romantic Love Literature of the Twelfth Century 169
Ch. 10 The Medieval Renaissance 186
Pt. 4 The Age of the Universities
Ch. 11 The Universities 210
Ch. 12 The Philosophy of the High Middle Ages 235
Ch. 13 Medieval Science 265
Ch. 14 Sub-University Culture 288
Epilogue 304
Index 306
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