Reason,Community and Religious Tradition: Anselm's Argument and the Friars

Reason,Community and Religious Tradition: Anselm's Argument and the Friars

by Scott Mathews
     
 

Reason, Community and Religious Tradition examines key questions about the relationship of rationality to its contexts by tracing the early history of the so-called 'ontological' argument. The book follows Anselm's Proslogion from its origins in the private, devotional context of an eleventh-century monastery to its reception in the public and adversarial contexts of… See more details below

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Reason, Community and Religious Tradition examines key questions about the relationship of rationality to its contexts by tracing the early history of the so-called 'ontological' argument. The book follows Anselm's Proslogion from its origins in the private, devotional context of an eleventh-century monastery to its reception in the public and adversarial contexts of the friars' schools in the thirteenth century. Using unpublished manuscript evidence from the Dominican and Franciscan schools at Oxford, Paris and Bologna in the thirteenth century, Matthews argues that the debate over Anselm's argument embodied the broader religious differences between the Franciscan and Dominican communities. By comparing the most famous figures of the period with their lesser-known contemporaries, Matthews argues that the Friars thought as communities and developed as traditions as they developed their arguments. This book will interest anyone concerned with the nature of rationality, and its relationship to communities and traditions, and what this entails for rational debate across cultural divides. In particular, it offers a fresh perspective on traditional approaches to the rationality of religion and religious belief.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754613152
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Series:
Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion Series, #1157
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 6.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Arguments, Texts and Contexts1
1Anselm and Tradition15
2Encountering God Within: Anselm's Argument Among the Early Franciscans in Paris46
3Other Ways to God: Anselm, the Early Dominicans and the Friars in Oxford81
4Bonaventure and the Franciscan Community113
5Thomas Aquinas and the Dominican Community151
6Contested Traditions182
Conclusion212
Bibliography216
Index234

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