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Ethical Writings: Ethics/Dialogue Between a Philosopher, a Jew and a Christian
Abelard's major ethical writings: Ethics, or 'Know Yourself', & Dialogue between a Philosopher, a Jew & a Christian, are presented here in a student edition including cross-references, explanatory notes, a full table of references, bibliography & index.
Paperback, 201 pages
Published 1995 by Hackett Publishing Co. (Indianapolis, IN)
(first published 1139)
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Abelard's Ethics is difficult to read. Not because the idea is difficult, but the convoluted, often false-start, train-of-thoughts in the beginning. This reader is frustrated by the lack of definitions in what are Sin/Fault, what are Consent/Desire/Will etc. After struggling through, with the aid of helpful summary notes from academics, it seems that the major contributions in Ethics are (1) the focal of "consent" After the Desire, before the Deed, as the definitive link of determining Sinfulnes ...more
Peter Abelard was the preeminent philosopher of the twelfth century and perhaps the greatest logician of the middle ages. During his life he was equally famous as a poet and a composer, and might also have ranked as the preeminent theologian of his day had his ideas earned more converts and less condemnation. In all areas Abelard was brilliant, innovative, and controversial. He was a genius. He kn ...moreMore about Pierre Abélard...