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From the Circle of Alcuin to the School of Auxerre
Logic, Theology and Philosophy in the Early Middle Ages

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Third Series

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  • This study is the first modern account of the development of philosophy during the Carolingian Renaissance. In the late eighth century, Dr Marenbon argues, theologians were led by their enthusiasm for logic to pose themselves truly philosophical questions. The central themes of ninth-century philosophy - essence, the Aristotelian Categories, the problem of Universals - were to preoccupy thinkers throughout the Middle Ages. The earliest period of medieval philosophy was thus a formative one. This work is based on a fresh study of the manuscript sources. The thoughts of scholars such as Alcuin, Candidus, Fredegisus, Ratramnus of Corbie, John Scottus Eriugena and Heiric of Auxerre is examined in detail and compared with their sources; and a wide variety of evidence is used to throw light on the milieu in which these thinkers flourished. Full critical editions of an important body of early medieval philosophical material, much of it never before published, are included.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511866579
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Aristotle's Categories and the problems of essence and the Universals: sources for early medieval philosophy
    2. Logic and theology at the court of Charlemagne
    3. Problems of the Categories, essence and the Universals in the work of John Scottus and Ratramnus of Corbie
    4. The circle of John Scottus Eriugena
    5. Early medieval glosses on the problems of the Categories

  • Author

    John Marenbon, Trinity College, Cambridge

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