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Aristotle's Children : How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages - Richard E. Rubenstein

Aristotle's Children

How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages

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Europe was in the long slumber of the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten, until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. His ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas sparked riots and heresy trials, caused major upheavals in the Catholic Church, and also set the stage for today's rift between reason and religion.
In Aristotle's Children, Richard Rubenstein transports us back in history, rendering the controversies of the Middle Ages lively and accessible-and allowing us to understand the philosophical ideas that are fundamental to modern thought.

"[An] accomplished, entertaining history of ideas." "Relevant and captivating." -- R. Scott Appleby "Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame" "A compelling account of how the rediscovery of Aristotle changed the way the Western world looked at humans, God, nature." "Stimulating and thought-provoking reading, overturning caricatures of scholastic philosophy while suggesting how its insights can be applied to the present." "�An� accomplished, entertaining history of ideas." "Relevant and captivating." "A compelling account of how the rediscovery of Aristotle changed the way the Western world looked at humans, God, nature." "Relevant and captivating." --R. Scott Appleby "Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame " "Relevant and captivating." --R. Scott Appleby "Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame " "With a lively, engaging style, ARISTOTLE''S CHILDREN is a remarkable book that illuminates the long-standing relations between faith and reason."--Edward Grant "Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Indiana University " "Christianity''s ''rediscovery'' of Aristotle through Muslim Spain...challenges generations today to reclaim the interrelatedness of reason, science and religion."--John L. Esposito "author of What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam " "Relevant and captivating."--R. Scott Appleby "Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame " "An intellectual thriller. The real-life adventure of how the great thinker was found again told with zest and excitement."--Jack Miles "Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography "" "Relevant and captivating." --R. Scott Appleby "Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame " "With a lively, engaging style, ARISTOTLE'S CHILDREN is a remarkable book that illuminates the long-standing relations between faith and reason."--Edward Grant "Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Indiana University " "Christianity's 'rediscovery' of Aristotle through Muslim Spain...challenges generations today to reclaim the interrelatedness of reason, science and religion."--John L. Esposito "author of What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam " "Anyone who wants to understand where we are going in the great political struggles over religion, read this amazing story."--Marc Gopin "author of Holy War: Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East " PRAISE FOR ARISTOTLE'S CHILDREN"A superb storyteller who breathes new life into such fascinating figures as Peter Abelard, Albertus Magnus, St. Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, William of Ockham and Aristotle himself." -Los Angeles Times "Relevant and captivating." --R. Scott Appleby "Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame " PRAISE FOR ARISTOTLE'S CHILDREN"A superb storyteller who breathes new life into such fascinating figures as Peter Abelard, Albertus Magnus, St. Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, William of Ockham and Aristotle himself." -Los Angeles Times

Prefacep. ix
Prologue: The Medieval Star-Gatep. 1
"The Master of Those Who Know" Aristotle Rediscoveredp. 12
The Murder of "Lady Philosophy" How the Ancient Wisdom Was Lost, and How It Was Found Againp. 47
"His Books Have Wings" Peter Abelard and the Revival of Reasonp. 88
"He Who Strikes You Dead Will Earn a Blessing" Aristotle Among the Hereticsp. 127
"Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark" Aristotle and the Teaching Friarsp. 168
"This Man Understands" The Great Debate at the University of Parisp. 206
"Ockham's Razor" The Divorce of Faith and Reasonp. 239
"God Does Not Have to Move These Circles Anymore" Aristotle and the Modern Worldp. 271
Notesp. 299
Select Bibliographyp. 337
Acknowledgmentsp. 351
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780156030090
ISBN-10: 0156030098
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Harvest Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Type: New edition