"The book is a literate, organized, readable presentation, which incorporates the latest research on every topic, whether historical, literary, theological, or philosophical." Dialogue
"...skillful and insightful...." Martin M. Tweedale, Philosophy in Review
"The author's writing is lucid and succinct, and his presentation flows extraordinarily well from chapter to chapter; his references to contemporary scholarship are quite helpful and complete,.... It is not likely, however, that Marenbon's work will soon be superseded as a survey of Abelard's philosophy, and his reevaluation of Abelard's work will surely provoke furthur discussion for some time to come." W. Becket Soule, O.P.; The Thomist
"John Marenbon is to be highly commended for providing scholars with the most definitive work to date." David Meconi, Review of Metaphysics
"Marenbon's fresh portrait of Abelard should have an influence on all future readings of the collected correspondence." -- Speculum, a Journal of Medieval Studies
This book offers a major reassessment of the philosophy of Peter Abelard (1079-1142) which shows that he was a far more constructive and wider-ranging thinker than has usually been supposed. It combines detailed historical discussion, based on published and manuscript sources, with philosophical analysis which aims to make clear Abelard's central arguments about the nature of things, language and the mind, and about morality. Although the book concentrates on these philosophical questions, it places them within their theological and wider intellectual context.