By Joseph W. Koterski
By way of exploring the philosophical personality of a few of the best medieval thinkers, An creation to Medieval Philosophy offers a wealthy evaluation of philosophy on the planet of Latin Christianity.
- Explores the deeply philosophical personality of such medieval thinkers as Augustine, Boethius, Eriugena, Anselm, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Scotus, and Ockham
- Reviews the vital gains of the epistemological and metaphysical challenge of universals
- Shows how medieval authors tailored philosophical principles from antiquity to use to their spiritual commitments
- Takes a wide philosophical process of the medieval period by,taking account of classical metaphysics, normal tradition, and non secular themes
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Such arguments at best, he thinks, might be helpful in an auxiliary way to support and elucidate the Scriptures. 22 It may prove helpful here to consider the place that a thinker like Augustine accorded to divine wisdom in ordering our thoughts about the structure of reality, and then to turn to the type of differences that he envisioned to stand between wisdom and science. Many of the distinctions that he employed on this question persisted long into the scholastic period. While Augustine wrote no metaphysics in the formal Aristotelian sense of a treatise on being, his works nevertheless contain a metaphysics that is a scripturally informed version of Neoplatonism.
62 44 The principle of double effect, so important to later medieval casuistry, seems to have been developed primarily to handle questions about killing in self-defense. 45 For the lives of Abelard, Héloïse, and Bernard of Clairvaux, see Clanchy (1997), Mews (2005), and Evans (2000). 46 See Kent (1995). -P. Torrell explains: “Contrary to a deductive method that is sometimes attributed to him but which is not his, Thomas does not want to prove the truths of the faith, nor to demonstrate other truths from those that he holds in faith.
What is believed on the basis of faith need not be thought to be destroyed when submitted to natural reason. Rather, there is a complementarity. Belief grounded on divine authority will tend to come first in the order of time. 19 36 The style of philosophizing most often at work in the first half of the Middle Ages was often more meditative than dialectical. It tended to be done by bishops and monks and commentators on Scripture. In the later periods of medieval philosophy it more often bears the marks of the classroom.
An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy: Basic Concepts by Joseph W. Koterski