Thinking Medieval

An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages

Author: M. Bull

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230501575

Category: History

Page: 158

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This book is aimed at students coming to the study of western European medieval history for the first time, and also graduate students on interdisciplinary medieval studies programmes. It examines the place of the Middle Ages in modern popular culture, exploring the roots of the stereotypes that appear in films, on television and in the press, and asking why they remain so persistent. The book also asks whether 'medieval' is indeed a useful category in terms of historical periodization. It investigates some of the particular challenges posed by medieval sources and the ways in which they have survived. And it concludes with an exploration of the relevance of medieval history in today's world.

Thinking Medieval Romance

Author: Katherine C. Little,Nicola McDonald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192514350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Medieval romances with their magic fountains, brave knights, and beautiful maidens have come to stand for the Middle Ages more generally. This close connection between the medieval and the romance has had consequences for popular conceptions of the Middle Ages, an idealized fantasy of chivalry and hierarchy, and also for our understanding of romances, as always already archaic, part of a half-forgotten past. And yet, romances were one of the most influential and long-lasting innovations of the medieval period. To emphasize their novelty is to see the resources medieval people had for thinking about their contemporary concern and controversies, whether social order, Jewish/ Christian relations, the Crusades, the connectivity of the Mediterranean, women's roles as mothers, and how to write a national past. This volume takes up the challenge to 'think romance', investigating the various ways that romances imagine, reflect, and describe the challenges of the medieval world.

A Short History of Western Political Thought

Author: W.M. Spellman

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230345034

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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This brief narrative survey of political thought over the past two millennia explores key ideas that have shaped Western political traditions. Beginning with the Ancient Greeks' classical emphasis on politics as an independent sphere of activity, the book goes on to consider the medieval and early modern Christian views of politics and its central role in providing spiritual leadership. Concluding with a discussion of present-day political thought, W. M. Spellman explores the return to the ancient understanding of political life as a more autonomous sphere, and one that doesn't relate to anything beyond the physical world. Setting the work of major and lesser-known political philosophers within its historical context, the book offers a balanced and considered overview of the topic, taking into account the religious values, inherited ideas and social settings of the writers. Assuming no prior knowledge and written in a highly accessible style, A Short History of Western Political Thought is ideal for those seeking to develop an understanding of this fascinating and important subject.

Studies in Medieval Linguistic Thought

Dedicated to Geofrey L. Bursill-Hall on the occassion of his 60th birthday on 15 May 1980

Author: E.F.K. Koerner,Hans-Josef Niederehe,Robert H. Robins

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027280983

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 321

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This volume presents a set of papers on linguistic thought in the Middle Ages. It is complemented by a comprehensive bibliography and indices. The papers in this volume appeared earlier in Historiographia Linguistica 7:1/2 (1980).

Thinking about the Environment

Our Debt to the Classical and Medieval Past

Author: Linda M Bullock

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739104200

Category: Nature

Page: 226

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Why should the work of the ancient and the medievals, so far as it relates to nature, still be of interest and an inspiration to us now? The contributions to this enlightening volume explore and uncover contemporary scholarship's debt to the classical and medieval past. Thinking About the Environment synthesizes religious thought and environmental theory to trace a trajectory from Mesopotamian mythology and classical and Hellenistic Greek, through classical Latin writers, to medieval Christian views of the natural world and our relationship with it. The work also offers medieval Arabic and Jewish views on humanity's inseparability from nature. The volume concludes with a study of the breakdown between science and value in contemporary ecological thought. Thinking About the Environment will be a invaluable source book for those seeking to address environmental ethics from a historical perspective.

Science, Art and Nature in Medieval and Modern Thought

Author: A. C. Crombie

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781852850678

Category: Science

Page: 516

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A.C. Crombie sees the history of Western science as the history of a vision and an argument, initiated by the ancient Greeks in their search for principles at once of nature and of argument itself. This scientific vision explored and controlled by argument, and the diversification of both vision and argument by scientific experience and by interaction with the wider contexts of intellectual culture, constitute the long history of European scientific thought. Science, Art and Nature in Medieval and Modern Thought deals with scientific objectivity, with the historiography of medieval science, the medieval conception of laws of nature, and the historical relation between rational design in scientific experimentation and in the arts, exemplified especially by perspective painting.

Marriage in Medieval England

Law, Literature, and Practice

Author: Conor McCarthy

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843831020

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 185

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A survey of attitudes to marriage as represented in medieval legal and literary texts.

Representation and Objects of Thought in Medieval Philosophy

Author: Dr Henrik Lagerlund

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409485242

Category: Philosophy

Page: 166

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The notions of mental representation and intentionality are central to contemporary philosophy of mind and it is usually assumed that these notions, if not originated, at least were made essential to the philosophy of mind by Descartes in the seventeenth century. The authors in this book challenge this assumption and show that the history of these ideas can be traced back to the medieval period. In bringing out the contrasts and similarities between early modern and medieval discussions of mental representation the authors conclude that there is no clear dividing line between western late medieval and early modern philosophy; that they in fact represent one continuous tradition in the philosophy of mind.

Re-thinking Dionysius the Areopagite

Author: Sarah Coakley,Charles M. Stang

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444356453

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Dionysius the Areopagite, the early sixth-century Christian writer, bridged Christianity and neo-Platonist philosophy. Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume surveys how Dionysius’s thought and work has been interpreted, in both East and West, up to the present day. One of the first volumes in English to survey the reception history of Dionysian thought, both East and West Provides a clear account of both modern and post-modern debates about Dionysius’s standing as philosopher and Christian theologian Examines the contrasts between Dionysius’s own pre-modern concerns and those of the post-modern philosophical tradition Highlights the great variety of historic readings of Dionysius, and also considers new theories and interpretations Analyzes the main points of hermeneutical contrast between East and West

Disability in Medieval Europe

Thinking about Physical Impairment in the High Middle Ages, c.1100–c.1400

Author: Irina Metzler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134217382

Category: History

Page: 368

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This impressive volume presents a thorough examination of all aspects of physical impairment and disability in medieval Europe. Examining a popular era that is of great interest to many historians and researchers, Irene Metzler presents a theoretical framework of disability and explores key areas such as: medieval theoretical concepts theology and natural philosophy notions of the physical body medical theory and practice. Bringing into play the modern day implications of medieval thought on the issue, this is a fascinating and informative addition to the research studies of medieval history, history of medicine and disability studies scholars the English-speaking world over.

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Author: C. S. Lewis,Walter Hooper

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521645843

Category: Education

Page: 195

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This entertaining and learned volume contains book reviews, lectures, and hard to find articles from the late C. S. Lewis, whose constant aim was to show the twentieth century reader how to read and how to understand old books and manuscripts.

Science, Optics, and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought

Author: Alistair Cameron Crombie

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780907628798

Category: History

Page: 474

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A.C. Crombie is one of the best known writers on the history of Science. Science, Optics and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought brings together a coherent body of essays that complement his books and are of independent value. A.C. Crombie traces general themes in the development of Science: the Aristotelian inheritance and the importance of the search for logical explanation in the middle ages; the ambitions and limitations of experiment and quantification; changing attitudes to scientific progress; the relations between Science and the Arts, and between Mathematics, Music and Medical Science; and the study of the senses. In particular he shows how the mechanistic hypothesis stimulated the experimental and philosophical study of vision.

The Passions of Christ in High-Medieval Thought

An Essay on Christological Development

Author: Kevin Madigan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198043393

Category: Religion

Page: 158

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Since the earliest days of the Church, theologians have struggled to understand how humanity and divinity coexisted in the person of Christ. Proponents of the Arian heresy, which held that Jesus could not have been fully divine, found significant scriptural evidence of their position: Jesus wondered, questioned, feared, suffered, and prayed. The defenders of orthodoxy, such as Hilary of Poitiers, Ambrose of Milan, Jerome, and Augustine, showed considerable ingenuity in explaining how these biblical passages could be reconciled with Christ's divinity. Medieval theologians such as Peter Lombard, Thomas Aquinas, and Bonaventure, also grappled with these texts when confronting the rising threat of Arian heresy. Like their predecessors, they too faced the need to preserve Jesus' authentic humanity and to describe a mode of experiencing the passions that cast no doubt upon the perfect divinity of the Incarnate Word. As Kevin Madigan demonstrates, however, they also confronted an additional obstacle. The medieval theologians had inherited from the Greek and Latin fathers a body of opinion on the passages in question, which by this time had achieved normative cultural status in the Christian tradition. However, the Greek and Latin fathers wrote in a polemical situation, responding to the threat to orthodoxy posed by the Arians. As a consequence, they sometimes found themselves driven to extreme and sometimes contradictory statements. These statements seemed to their medieval successors either to compromise the true divinity of Christ, his true humanity, or the possibility that the divine and human were in communication with or metaphysically linked to one another. As a result, medieval theologians also needed to demonstrate how two equally authoritative but apparently contradictory statements could be reconciled-to protect their patristic forebears from any doubt about their unanimity or the soundness of their orthodoxy. Examining the arguments that resulted from these dual pressures, Madigan finds that, under the guise of unchanging assimilation and transmission of a unanimous tradition, there were in fact many fissures and discontinuities between the two bodies of thought, ancient and medieval. Rather than organic change or development, he finds radical change, trial, novelty, and even heterodoxy.

Encountering the Medieval in Modern Jewish Thought

Author: James A. Diamond,Aaron W. Hughes

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004233504

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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How does the 'medieval' function as a bearer of Jewish identity in a changing secular world? Each chapter in this work addresses a different Jewish return to the medieval by using a language of renewal.

Work in Ancient and Medieval Thought

Ancient Philosophers, Medieval Monks and Theologians and Their Concept of Work, Occupations and Technology

Author: Birgit van den Hoven

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 295

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The main object of this study is to find out whether the differences between classical and medieval thinking about work, occupations and technology are so significant that we are justified in speaking of a real break between Antiquity and the Middle Ages in this connection; or whether there is a possible continuity of ideas. From a comparative perspective five themes are being researched to shed light on this ques-tion. In the first two chapters the author looks into the traditional view of negative ideas about work in Antiquity. Chapter three subsequently deals with monks and their attitude towards labour. In chapter four the place of the so-called artes mechanicae in medieval classifications of knowledge is being studied. In chapter five we find an analysis of twelfth-century sermons ad status. These three chapters principally deal with the question whether Christianity brought about a change in attitude towards work.

Thoughts from the Throne: From God's Throne to Yours

Author: Fred Stetz

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304264025

Category: Religion

Page: 92

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Many middle school students say they need to spend more time reading the Bible, but always seem to have trouble finding time. Thoughts from the Throne is a 40 day devotional book designed to help you get into the practice of spending time reading the Bible each day and applying it to your life.

Writing the Early Crusades

Text, Transmission and Memory

Author: Marcus Graham Bull,Damien Kempf

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843839202

Category: History

Page: 174

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A pioneering approach to contemporary historical writing on the First Crusade, looking at the texts as cultural artefacts rather than simply for the evidence they contain.