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The Problem of Love in the Middle Ages: A Historical Contribution (Marquette Studies in Philosophy) Paperback – January 1, 2002

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  • Series: Marquette Studies in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Marquette Univ Pr (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874626234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874626230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,671,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Walker on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Rousselot argues from the primary sources that in the Middle Ages there were three basic positions on love: Augustine, Thomas, and Abelard or eudemonistic, natural, and ecstatic. Thomas view is natural because love seeks the "natural unity" provided by the source of being. The ecstatic view is found in the medieval mystics and Abelard and Duns Scotus. This view is irrational, violent, and egalitarian. Oliver O'Donovan teaches that "ecstatic" and "natural" love both require a corrosion of self and lead to pietism and mysticism, but Rousselot believes that the self can be maintained in natural love if a neo-Thomist understanding of the part's participation in the whole is maintained. Because a Christian's view of love helps define both his theology proper and anthropology, this is an incredible important discussion.

The book appears to be competently translated, but the reviewer lacks the language skills to make a judgment--readable and scholarly. Latin quotes are kept in text and footnotes, but translated.
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