32nd out of 1,500 books — 165 voters
Early Medieval Philosophy 480-1150
Compact but singularly well thought out material of a theological, logical, poetic as well as philosophical nature.
Published May 5th 1988 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 1983)
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Feb 20, 2011 Tyler rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Philosophy or Religious Studies
I read this book to understand how philosophy fared during the Dark Ages. The interesting angle Marenbon explores is that scholars of Late Antiquity (the Dark Ages) had a few ancient texts to work with but not all of them. For example, they had Plato's Timaeus but nothing else by him. As a result, Plato's overall philosophy could not be understood. With only a handful of ancient texts at their disposal it was difficult to distinguish Platonism from neo-Platonism, and to separate philosophy from...more