Medieval Thought provides a clear and authoritative introduction to an important period in intellectual history. It studies the course of medieval intellectualisation, analysing how tension between the religious and non-religious components of medieval culture resulted in its sophisticated development. The most influential vehicle for medieval intellectualisation was philosophy. Philosophy became the mode of expression in religion, providing religious thinkers with a unifying vocabulary and means of reasoning. In turn philosophers found in religion fertile ground for metaphysical discussion. The initial alliance between philosophy and religion did not, however, hold, for Christianity's necessity for theological strength through uniformity inevitably clashed with the dissenting questioning of philosophy.
This book will be accessible to even those with little knowledge of Christian theology. Appendices have been included to help the reader surmount possible difficulties, and no prior knowledge of Latin is assumed. Each chapter ends with a select bibliography to direct the reader toward further study, and an additional, more comprehensive, annotated bibliography is included at the end of the book.
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About the Author
B. B. Price is co-author of Verification in Economics and History and co-editor of a volume in the new Opera Omnia of Henry of Ghent. She has contributed numerous articles to books and professional journals.
Table of Contents
1. The Christian Impress.
2. Early Medieval Religious Thought.
3. Christianity and the Liberal Arts.
4. The Return to Plato and Aristotle.
5. The Vernacular Breakthrough.
7. The Dictates of Philosophy and the Late Medieval Church.
8. Domains of Abstract Thought.
For Further Reading.