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A History of Philosophy, Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy, from Augustine to Duns Scotus

(A History of Philosophy #2)

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Conceived originally as a serious presentation of the development of philosophy for Catholic seminary students, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A History Of Philosophy has journeyed far beyond the modest purpose of its author to universal acclaim as the best history of philosophy in English.

Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of immense erudition who once tangled with A.J. Ayer
Paperback, 624 pages
Published 1993 by Image (first published 1950)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A History of Philosophy 2: Medieval Philosophy (A History of Philosophy #2), Frederick Charles Copleston
Volume 2: Augustine to Scotus: Pre-mediaeval Influences (including St. Augustine), The Carolingian Renaissance, The Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Centuries, Islamic and Jewish Philosophy, The Thirteenth Century (including St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus).
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم ماه جولای سال 2009 میلادی
عنوان: تاریخ فلسفه جلد دوم: قرون وسطا: از آوگوستینوس تا اسکوتوس؛ نویس
James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second volume of Father Copleston's History of Philosophy, probably the most comprehensive modern history available (see my review of volume 1). As a Thomist, he is dealing in this volume with the philosophies he is most interested in and knowledgeable about, and he gives much more detail on the period than other more secular histories. The volume begins with the Patristic era and the early middle ages, then moves on to the rediscovery of Aristotle in the twelfth century and the majo ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophy students
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
Copleston was popular at Loyola University Chicago--and not just because he and it were Jesuitical. His History of Philosophy was reputed to be a clear, readable overview of the field, albeit almost entirely focused on the West. The reading of his first volume on classical Greek and Roman philosophy confirmed this opinion, so, eventually, I proceeded to read more.

While Volume I was good, Volume II, on medieval philosophy, was excellent. I'd been exposed to the medieval's at seminary, but not so
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is enormously readable and fun, aside from Freddie's unclean attraction to the word "propaedeutic". He steers what I find to be a good middle ground between trying to dredge up every auteur whose works have ever been found and focusing solely on a handful of top names. Thus Augustine, Erigena, and Bonaventure get multiple chapters, while several thinkers go by in between, but we do get a page or five or more to actually get to know the thought of each one adduced in some reasonable measure, ...more
تسلط کاپلستون بر موضوع بسیار خوب است ولی بسیاری از بحث های قرون وسطی امروزه بحث های بیهوده ای به نظر می رسند. تعداد زیادی از آن ها در زمره ی علم وارد شده اند و از حوزه ی فلسفه خارج. فلسفه ی این دوره همان طور که انتظار می رود به شدت تحت تاثیر کلام مسیحیت است. نباید منتظر
فلسفه ای به معنای امروزی آن بود. البته حرکتی کند در جهت فلسفه ی مستقل در همین قرن آغاز می شود و رشد می کند که متاثر از ارسطو است. با کلی نگاه کردن برخی روندهای جالب مانند عناصر جهان سنتی را می توان در این کتاب ردیابی کرد. در کل ف
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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As one might imagine (and, if one is conscious not to prejudge, one would indeed imagine after a brief survey of the table of contents), this is a sweeping summation of a large amount of time in the history of philosophy. This is most certainly true: Father Copleston begins with a consideration of early Christian philosophy (whether or not one would call the early Christians "philosophers" in the true sense is, in my mind, debatable; most certainly some of the Ante-Nicene fathers are more philos ...more
Oct 30, 2015 marked it as to-read
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very good 2016 start :D :D :D
David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In case you're confused, Goodreads has these two books (in my early 1960s, pre-ISBN edition) listed as separate editions of the single History of Philosophy Volume 2, which I can only assume was usually published as a single huge tome. My two "read dates" are the first half and the second half.

The author sounds like a confirmed Thomist, and yet he actually made me aware of a great many criticisms of Thomas' actual claims and arguments. After reading Lonergan treating Scotus as his private punchi
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I've gained any new knowledge about Scholastic philosophy after reading this volume (in fact I think I know even less now), but in any case I definitely enjojyed peeking into the minds of these great thinkers. One can only stand in awe of what St. Thomas achieved with his philo-theo-logical system of thought.

One nitpick I have with Copleston's method of communication is that, though he understandably devotes most of his pages to major thinkers like St. Augustine and St. Thomas, the
Aaron Crofut
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
In fairness, I read the first half of the book; St. Thomas Aquinas will have to wait until I can properly devote time to him. I picked this book up for its section on Sts. Augustine and Bonaventure. Copleston presents these historical thinkers in a clear and lucid manner, and his books make decent references for their philosophy. It is unfortunate that St. Bonaventure's philosophical material is so difficult to find in English.
Nikolay Korablev
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Lots of untranslated Latin - caveat lector. For a nonbeliever, the author's priorities can be frustrating (obviously God, soul, metaphysics most of all) but his Thomism was the reason I undertook to read this series - to get a glimpse of an alien mind, and in this respect, the book does not disappoint. Beginners might want some supplementary encyclopedia-style reading.
Pastor Matt
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
See my review of Volume 1 for the same criticisms hold, though I would add that I thought his summary of the work of Duns Scotus was a bit muddled.
Kevin Carson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I'm fairly impressed with Copleston's entire history. But he's a neo-scholastic and an expert on 13th century philosophy, so he's probably one of the best introductions to medieval philosophy.
Austin Hoffman
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Very good introduction and summary of philosophy from this time period.

Read sections on Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this book from Amazon not realizing it was used. I tried to cancel the order after realizing the mistake but the next morning the seller sent the book to me anyway. Shortly after the shipping email I received another email saying that they had missed my cancellation notice before shipping the book, but not to worry because they had refunded my money. Further, they asked that I not return the book to them as it would only cost them more money.

Having received the book, I suppose the real
Jeffrey Falk
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frederick Copleston continues his detailed, connected recounting of the history of philosophy. Occasionally, his interpretations are questionable (e.g., when he states that Aquinas's philosophy was a consistent synthesis and not a juxtaposition of Aristotelianism and Christianity). However, his overview is mostly apodictic (as he would put it--beyond argument). This is a dense overview of the progression of medieval philosophy from Augustine to Aquinas and Duns Scotus (through the Jewish and Ara ...more
Arys Aditya
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Sejarah filsafat, begitulah awal mula ketertarikan saya pada filsafat. Merenungi perjalanan orang-orang yang bergelut di dalamnya, bagaimana konteks kelahiran sebuah pemikiran, sampai bagaimana pemikiran tersebut mempengaruhi orang-orang setelahnya (dan juga implikasi-implikasi di jaman berikutnya). Saya pernah menyentuh semua edisi Sejarah Filsafat Coppleston ini, meskipun tak pernah sekalipun tuntas membacanya. Dan bagi pembaca awam yang baru mulai memasuki belantara raya filsafat, saya sangat ...more
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History of Philosophy, Volume 2 by Frederick Copleston (1993)
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There are numerous books with this every same ISBN...
Feb 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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Good overview of philosophy up to about 1300; spends a lot of time on Aquinas and Augustine.
James of the Redwoods
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: esoteric
I am re-reading this.
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Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books on history of philosophy!
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Frederick (Freddie) Charles Copleston was raised an Anglican and educated at Marlborough College from 1920 to 1925. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday he converted to Catholicism, and his father subsequently almost disowned him. After the initial shock, however, his father saw fit to help Copleston through his education and he attended St. John’s in Oxford in 1925, only managing a disappointing ...more

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