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Scholasticism and common sense

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...This chapter begins the case for medieval philosophy by highlighting the fact that scholastic metaphysics and epistemology are quite consciously developed with an eye to saving common sense beliefs. While Thomas Reid and G. E. Moore also...

Toward a new cultural history of East Central Europe?

Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages : A Cultural History

I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2009

Book chapter

...Celebration redefined In the opening chapter, we observed that books of essays written to honour our colleagues do not, in their essence, celebrate. Or, to put this differently, such books do celebrate, but they do so by performing...

Money, Ritual, and Religion

A Cultural History of Money in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The link between “money,” in terms of both abstract pecunia and specific coins (nummi), and “religion,” that is to say rituals relating to and institutionalized relations with the supernatural, was crucial in the medieval West. From...

Introduction: The Sensual Middle Ages

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Recent scholarship on the senses has demonstrated that an essential step in writing a comprehensive cultural history involves the reconstruction of a period’s sensorium, or the “sensory model” of conscious and unconscious associations...

Codes

A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...From a historical point of view, the medieval West sets the framework of a long evolution, marked with strong changes, of the materials, forms, and modes of production of codes and norms. The last two terms are not equivalent. If some legal...

The meta-philosophy of scholasticism

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...So who were the scholastics, and what were they up to? This chapter and the next answer these questions by focusing on their collective project and the methods used to prosecute it. A focus on project and method is enlightening because...

Religion and Spirituality

A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The Middle Ages begin where classical Antiquity ends, but of course there was no single moment when this transition took place. Christianity was a major religion within the Roman Empire by the fourth century, and especially during...

Scholasticism and Western ‘disenchantment’

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Weber contends that modern Western civilization is ‘disenchanted’ because our society’s method of arriving at beliefs about the world, that is, the sciences, is unable to address questions of value. The result is that we are prone...
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...Imprint from colophon. Includes De disciplina scholarium edited by Conradus Poseiaen and commentary by Thomas Aquinas. Signatures: r⁴ A⁸ b-p⁶. Last leaf blank. Several errors in foliation. The "r" of the first quire is early letter form...

The Existence of God

An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy

I.B.Tauris, 2009

Book chapter

...One would probably expect medieval Jewish thinkers to have spent an inordinate amount of time formulating and refining their arguments for the existence of God. After all, the existence of God is surely the most fundamental idea of all...