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Reason & Revelation in the Middle Ages

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Paperback, 114 pages
Published January 28th 1938 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1938)
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David Robertus
From Aristotle to Tertullian, St. Thomas Aquinas to Martin Luther, this little read gives perhaps the most comprehensive background (and substance) to the boundaries between faith and reason I have ever read. If you like this you should also read The Marriage of Sense and Soul.
Rebecca Hicks
Disputing the popular view that Medieval thinkers had a blind faith which obscured the growth of reason, the excellent philosophical historian, Etienne Gilson, distinguishes five different "families" of Medieval thinkers each with a different viewpoint in regards to reason and faith.

This book is important as something more than a historical treatment, for all of us modern persons are the intellectual descendants of these five schools of thought. Each of the modern strains of thought, rationalism
An interesting discussion though one that I think I would be better apt at following in its completeness if I actually had some bearing on the philosophies that are under discussion. Not that Gilson doesn't do a good job in explaining things where things need to be explained (I rarely felt truly -lost-) but that it was written during a time when people generally studied these guys more. Still, the book has done what I set out to gain from it: a general understanding of some of the discussions ha ...more
Pater Edmund
«If it be true that in spite of its slow and fluctuating evolution the history of ideas is determined from within by the internal necessity of ideas themselves, the conclusions of our inquiry should exhibit a more than historical value.»
Dec 04, 2009 Erik marked it as to-read
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 7, as one of several books to quietly read to stir thoughts of the highest things.

Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 15, as one of Twelve Collections of Lectures and Reflections.
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Étienne Henri Gilson was born into a Roman Catholic family in Paris on 13 June 1884. He was educated at a number of Roman Catholic schools in Paris before attending lycée Henri IV in 1902, where he studied philosophy. Two years later he enrolled at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1907 after having studied under many fine scholars, including Lucien Lévy Bruhl, Henri Bergson and Emile Durkheim.
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