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God and Reason in the Middle Ages - Edward Grant

God and Reason in the Middle Ages

Hardcover Published: 30th July 2001
ISBN: 9780521802796
Number Of Pages: 408

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The Age of Reason associated with the names of Descartes, Newton, Hobbes, and the French philosophers, actually began in the universities that first emerged in the late Middle Ages (1100 to 1600) when the first large scale institutionalization of reason in the history of civilization occurred. This study shows how reason was used in the university subjects of logic, natural philosophy, and theology, and to a much lesser extent in medicine and law. The final chapter describes how the Middle Ages acquired an undeserved reputation as an age of superstition, barbarism, and unreason.

'This is a most stimulating study and one that should become required reading for all historians.' Contemporary Review '... this book provides a good introduction to the uses of logic and reason in the medieval university as well as a strong corrective to the still current view of the middle ages as a period of intellectual sterility.' History

Introduction
The emergence of a transformed Europe in the twelfth century
Reason asserts itself: the challenge to authority in the Early Middle Ages to 1200
Reason takes hold: Aristotle and the Medieval University
Reason in action: logic in the Faculty of Arts
Reason in action: natural philosophy in the Faculty of Arts
Reason in action: theology in the Faculty of Arts
The assault on the Middle Ages
Conclusion: the culture and spirit of 'poking around'
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ISBN: 9780521802796
ISBN-10: 0521802792
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 30th July 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77