As I promised, here is a short write up of my experiences in the city of Erfurt. It is partly in the guise of a travelogue, but will also contain a very brief conference report. 866 more words
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I will be delivering a paper at the Leeds IMC next year. Here are the details, as they stand at the moment. You can check my… 237 more words
In the vast field of medieval Arabic and Persian literature, it is not hard to find authors whose works seem all but impenetrable, cloaked in difficult syntax, obscure vocabulary, and constant, often infuriating motion from one perspective to another, full of occluded subjects, ambiguous referents, and unattributed references. 1,007 more words
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The period between Descartes and Hegel was the great age of metaphysical system-building. In the medieval period there were many gifted metaphysicians, but they did not think of themselves as creating a new system; rather they offered piecemeal improvements to a system already given by the teaching of the Church and the genius of Aristotle.
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It is true that Descartes initiated a new, individualistic, style of philosophising. Medieval philosophers had seen themselves as principally engaged in transmitting a corpus of knowledge; in the course of transmission they might offer improvements, but these must remain within the bounds set by traditions.
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) stood at the high episodes of medieval life where a certain crossroad was felt. On the one hand were the limping remnants of the classical philosophy from the age of antiquity, on the other was a horizon of a new beginning for the early Western world. 1,731 more words