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This book offers a major reassessment of the philosophy of Peter Abelard (1079-1142), which shows that he was a far more constructive and wider-ranging thinker than has usually been supposed. It combines detailed historical discussion, based on published and manuscript sources, with philosophical analysis that aims to make clear Abelard's central arguments about the nature of things, language and the mind, and about morality. Although the book concentrates on these philosophical questions, it places them within their theological and wider intellectual context.Read more
- Offers a major reassessment of the twelfth-century philosopher Peter Abelard (famous in the context of 'Abelard and Heloise')
- Includes detailed studies of Abelard's life, with new datings, and all his writings
- Analyses previously unexamined areas of his thought
Reviews & endorsements
"The book is a literate, organized, readable presentation, which incorporates the latest research on every topic, whether historical, literary, theological, or philosophical." DialogueSee more reviews
"...skillful and insightful...." Martin M. Tweedale, Philosophy in Review
"The author's writing is lucid and succinct, and his presentation flows extraordinarily well from chapter to chapter; his references to contemporary scholarship are quite helpful and complete,.... It is not likely, however, that Marenbon's work will soon be superseded as a survey of Abelard's philosophy, and his reevaluation of Abelard's work will surely provoke furthur discussion for some time to come." W. Becket Soule, O.P.; The Thomist
"John Marenbon is to be highly commended for providing scholars with the most definitive work to date." David Meconi, Review of Metaphysics
"Marenbon's fresh portrait of Abelard should have an influence on all future readings of the collected correspondence." -- Speculum, a Journal of Medieval Studies
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- Date Published: September 1999
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521663991
- length: 396 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Note on the reference system
1. A life
2. Teachings and writings on logic
3. Abelard's theological project
Excursus I: the letters of Abelard and Heloise
Conclusion: Abelard's logic and his theory
Part II: Introduction
4. Logic, philosophy and exegesis
5. Substance, differentiae and accidents
6. Forms and language
7. Perception and knowledge
Conclusion: dicta, non-things and the limits of Abelard's ontology
Part III: Introduction
9. Ethics, God's power and his wisdom
10. God's goodness: theodicy and the meaning of 'good'
11. Act, intention and consent
12. Contempt, law and conscience
13. Virtue, love and merit
Excursus II: love, selflessness and Heloise
14. Ethics, society and practice
Conclusion: Abelard's theological doctrines and his philosophical ethics
Appendix: Abelard as a 'critical thinker'
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