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Author Marenbon, John.

Title The philosophy of Peter Abelard / John Marenbon.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  189.4 ABEL/ MARE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-361) and index.
Contents 1. A life -- 2. Teaching and writings on logic -- 3. Abelard's theological project -- Excursus I: The letters of Abelard and Heloise -- Conclusion: Abelard's logic and his theology -- 4. Logic, philosophy and exegesis -- 5. Substance, differentiae and accidents -- 6. Forms and language -- 7. Perception and knowledge -- 8. Universals -- Conclusion: Dicta, non-things and the limits of Abelard's ontology -- 9. Ethics, God's power and his wisdom -- 10. God's goodness: theodicy and the meaning of 'good' -- 11. Act, intention and consent -- 12. Contempt, law and conscience -- 13. Virtue, love and merit -- Excursus II: Love, selflessness and Heloise -- 14. Ethics, society and practice -- Conclusion: Abelard's theological doctrines and his philosophical ethics -- App. Abelard as a 'critical thinker'.
Summary This book offers a major reassessment of the philosophy of Peter Abelard (1079-1142) which argues that he was not, as usually presented, a predominantly critical thinker but a constructive one. By way of evidence the author offers new analyses of frequently discussed topics in Abelard's philosophy, and examines other areas such as the nature of substances and accidents, cognition, the definition of 'good' and 'evil', virtues and merit, and practical ethics in detail for the first time.
Subject Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142.
Philosophy, Medieval.
Variant Title Peter Abelard.
ISBN 0521553970 (hc)
0521663997 (paperback) £15.95