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Early Medieval Philosophy 480-1150: An Introduction
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 liked it
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
Pretty good for figuring out what texts were available when and who was talking/corresponding with whom. A little hard to read, but then my main interest is not philosophy. Works well when paired with a broader overview like Colish's Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, which is how I read it.