In contrast to these tendencies, the contributions to this volume afford a view which enables readers to recognize that the manifold formalized discursive practices of positing a thesis, constructing a counter antithesis, and then finding a synthesis permeated not only the cathedral schools and universities and their direct textual products (commentaries, formal disputations, sermons, and so forth), but were received by a wide range of other discursive realms.
Especially in the high and late Middle Ages the academic disputation gradually moved from the isolation of the universities and toward extracurricular forms of debate between theologians (such as, the public quaestiones disputatae, or the epistolary theological debates between Christians and Muslims) and in literary genres (such as, the querelle, a form of debate poem). By confronting sample investigations from all these related forms of medieval argument, the volume examines the ways in which disputational forms -- sometimes directly dependant on academic practices, sometimes showing organizational, structural, and discursive parallels -- established themselves as a central mode of thinking for Western society. To achieve this goal, the volume unites contributions from the English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian traditions of the disputational mode and discusses central issues of academic, political, theological, courtly, and literary debates.
Table of Contents
|The Issue of Theological Style in Late Medieval Disputations||1|
|Order in Obligational Disputations||23|
|Albert the Great and Pagan Ethics: His Elaboration of Aristotle's Reflections on the Scientific Character of Ethics||41|
|Joseph Albo, der Messias und die Disputation von Tortosa||53|
|Talk is Cheap: Political Discourse in Malory's Morte Darthur||67|
|"Pinning Him to the Wall": The Poetics of Self-Destruction in the Court of Juan II||87|
|The Love Debate Tradition in the Reception of Gower's Confessio Amantis in the Iberian Peninsula||103|
|The European Querelle des femmes||127|
|Muslime und Christen im Grafen Rudolf und in der Kreuzfahrt Landgra Ludwigs des Frommen von Thuringen: Zu Toleranz und Religiosem Disput zur Zeit der Kreuzzuge||157|
|La reception en langue vulgaire du "De falconibus" d'Albert le Grand||189|