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Ancient and Medieval Memories : Studies in the Reconstruction of the Past - Janet Coleman

Ancient and Medieval Memories

Studies in the Reconstruction of the Past

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This book contains a series of studies that take the ancient texts as evidence of the past, and show how medieval readers and writers understood them. In particular, they examine how medieval readers examined the construction of these texts to find some reflection of how it felt to exist within the ancient world. The studies confirm that medieval and Renaissance interpretations and uses of the past differ greatly from a modern interpretation and uses, and yet the study betrays many startling continuities between modern and ancient medieval theories. Discussion extends from the nature of historical evidence, through theories behind medieval historiography, to various hypotheses relating physiological attributes of the brain to intellectual processes of the mind.

'Ancient and Medieval Memories offers a vast, generously learned account of philosophies of knowledge and theories of the past. In Coleman's study, the history of memory theory is a doorway to the history of philosophy, and in this her book is surely the most comprehensive modern study of early and late medieval theories of mind, perception, cognition, temporality, and language ... Ancient and Medieval Memories is a major scholarly achievement, a profound as well as humanely accessible study of how medievals conversed with their past and how we, in turn, can better converse with them.' Professor Rita Copeland, Speculum 'Coleman' s scholarship is stunning: her research does a great service to scholars in a variety of disciplines, for whom she opens up and makes accessible an unexpectedly large number of philosophical accounts of memory.' Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
The Critical Texts of Antiquity
Plato
Aristotle
Cicero
Pliny and Roman naturalists on memory
Borges's Funes the Memorious
Plotinus and the early neoplatonists on memory and mind
Augustine
Augustine, De Trinitate
The Practice of Memory During the Period of Transition from Classical Antiquity to the Christian Monastic Centuries
The early monastic practice of memory: Gregory the Great
Benedict and his rule
Bede, monastic grammatica and reminiscence
Monastic memory in service of oblivion
Cistercian 'blanched' memory and St Bernard
Twelfth-century Cistercians: the Boethian legacy and the physiological issues in Greco-Arabic medical writings
The Beginnings of the Scholastic Understanding of Memory
Abelard
Memory and its uses: the relationship between a theory of memory and twelfth-century historiography
Aristotle Neoplatonised: The Revival of Aristotle and the Development of Scholastic Theories of Memory
Arabic and Jewish translations of sources from antiquity: their use by Latin Christians
John Blund, David of Dinant, the De potentiis animae et objectis
John of la Rochelle
Averroes
Albert the Great
Thomas Aquinas
Later Medieval Theories of Memory: The Via Antiqua and the Via Moderna
John Duns Scotus
William of Ockham
The legacy of the via antiqua and the via moderna in the Renaissance and beyond
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521411448
ISBN-10: 0521411440
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 668
Published: 13th January 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.15