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Overview


Why do good things happen to bad people? Can we prove whether God exists? What is the difference between right and wrong? Medieval Philosophers were centrally concerned with such questions: questions which are as relevant today as a thousand years ago when the likes of Anselm and Aquinas sought to resolve them. In this fast-paced, enlightening guide, Sharon M. Kaye takes us on a whistle-stop tour of medieval philosophy, revealing the debt it owes to Aristotle and Plato, and showing how medieval thought is still inspiring philosophers and thinkers today. With new translations of numerous key extracts from across the centuries, Kaye directly involves the reader with the philosophers’ writings, and introduces the criticisms levied against them. With helpful text boxes throughout the book detailing key figures and philosophical movements, this is an invaluable reference for students of all levels, and will prove an entertaining primer for the general reader. Sharon M. Kaye is Associate Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University. She is the author of On Ockham and On Augustine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851685783
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Series: Beginner's Guides (Oneworld) Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,436,883
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The ancient legacy 5

2 Ontological proof of God 30

3 Evil 49

4 Eternity 70

5 Cosmological proof of God 92

6 Teleological proof of God 112

7 Universals 127

8 Ethics 146

Conclusion 165

Post Script 169

Glossary 171

Further reading 181

Index 192

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