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Medieval Philosophy By Anthony Kenny,

  • Title: Medieval Philosophy
  • Author: Anthony Kenny
  • ISBN: 9780198752752
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sir Anthony Kenny here continues his fascinating account of the history of philosophy, focusing on the thousand year long medieval period This is the second volume of a four book set in which Kenny will unfold a magisterial new history of Western philosophy, the first major single author history of philosophy to appear in decades In this volume, Kenny takes us on a fasciSir Anthony Kenny here continues his fascinating account of the history of philosophy, focusing on the thousand year long medieval period This is the second volume of a four book set in which Kenny will unfold a magisterial new history of Western philosophy, the first major single author history of philosophy to appear in decades In this volume, Kenny takes us on a fascinating tour through than a millennium of thought from 400 AD onwards, charting the story of philosophy from the founders of Christian and Islamic thought through to the Renaissance The Middle Ages saw a great flourishing of philosophy, and the intellectual endeavor of the era reaches its climax in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, with the systems of the great schoolmen such as Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus With Kenny as guide, we see these major philosophers through the eyes of a man who has spent a lifetime contemplating their work Thus we do not simply get an overview of philosophy, but also a penetrating and insightful critique of it Kenny offers an illuminating account of various thinkers and schools of thought, from Augustine to Maimonides and from Grosseteste to Pomponazzi And he offers much insight into medieval thinking about logic and language, knowledge, physics, metaphysics, the mind, the soul, and God Vividly written, but serious and deep enough to offer a genuine understanding of the great philosophers, Kenny s lucid and stimulating history will become the definitive work for anyone interested in the people and ideas that shaped the course of Western thought.
    Medieval Philosophy Sir Anthony Kenny here continues his fascinating account of the history of philosophy focusing on the thousand year long medieval period This is the second volume of a four book set in which Kenny wi

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    1. Some good stuff but I am not digging the concept format of the presentation It is organized by topic not chronologically or biographically and this ruins the narrative flow and yes good nonfiction needs a narrative We think in stories and without a narrative, the book reads like a catalog That subtracts from the substance.

    2. This book is the second in a four part series on the history of western philosophy Following from the first volume on the progression of ancient philosophy, this addition to the series spans the progression of western philosophical thought from the conversion of Augustine to the beginnings of the Renaissance Like its predecessor, the first two chapters of this book cover a general summary of the major philosophers of the time, with the final seven chapters analyzing the development of philosophi [...]

    3. A good introductory survey of philosophical topics as they were treated by various medieval thinkers throughout the entire period, from late antiquity and the commentators of Aristotle, to the inception of the humanists The survey combines what is properly called intellectual history and philosophy proper The historical aspect is kept to a minimum as it ought to be in a philosophy book without sacrificing salient features of the historical context in which the topic under discussion occurred The [...]

    4. This fine book, the second volume in Kenny s A New History of Western Philosophy, provides an overview of the major figures and issues in the philosophy of the European Middle Ages Kenny takes an intellectual history approach in the opening section to provide necessary historical context and biographical information on the major figures he will be discussing In the longer second part of the book, he turns to philosophical issues per se, tackling, in turn, Logic and Language, Knowledge, Physics, [...]

    5. An excellent introductory and thematic text, usefully organized into thematic chapters metaphysics, logic, ethics, etc following a couple of useful chapters on the intellectual history of the period Kenny s discussions of various topics are nicely balanced between explanatory glosses and detailed explications of knotty problems I read this book because, despite half a lifetime as a student of philosophy, my knowledge of the subject after Aristotle but before Descartes was woeful, limited to Boe [...]

    6. A very informative and well written introduction to Medieval Philosophy from St Augustine to William Ockham The thematic division of the book helps the reader understand different branches of philosophy in a coherent manner To take an example, the author describes the ethical philosophy of St Augustine under the chapter dedicated exclusively to Medieval Ethics and his theology under the chapter dedicated to God In this manner, the entire voluminous philosophical output of a philosopher is not c [...]

    7. This is the second volume of the history of philosophy It deals with the history of philosophy and the concepts of it during the Hellenistic era going through to St Augustine, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, Okham, and some Islamic and Jewish philosophers as well Even though my interest is in the Ethics portion of this I enjoyed reading the whole book.

    8. This is an interesting introduction to medieval philosophy and some of the philosophers of the time It studies the concepts of St Augustine, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, and Okham, along with a few others, exploring topics such as Ethics, Physics, Metaphysics, Logic and Language I found it to be a bit confusing at times, however it was informative and well written.

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