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The Mirror of Language (Revised Edition): A Study of the Medieval Theory of Knowledge

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Early Christianity faced the problem of the human word versus Christ the Word. Could language accurately describe spiritual reality? The Mirror of Language brilliantly traces the development of one prominent theory of signs from Augustine through Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, and Dante. Their shared epistemology validated human language as an authentic but limited ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published March 3rd 1983 by University of Nebraska Press
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I finished this book a month ago. A bit slow on the review.

This is a book for those interested in philosophy of language, epistemology, medieval philosophy or who just want a super gateway to Dante’s Divine Comedy. I originally bought the book for the medieval philosophy, decided to read it as a way into Dante and was rewarded with all of the above. Author Maria L. Colish has done a wonderful job of bringing the thoughts of Augustine, Anselm. Aquinas and Dante to the reader by carrying the conce
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I don't like wine. For me it is sour grape juice. But I have friends who claim to taste peaches and blackberries and hints of apricot in their favourite South African or Australian tipple. The same thing happens on GoodReads on a daily basis - Harriet loves Finnegans Wake and George finds it gibberish. Is Harriet better read? Or does George have superior literary taste? Although she never mentions wine or post-modernist fiction, Marcia Colish addresses just these phenomena in her The Mirror of ...more
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