- Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 8, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521806038
- ISBN-13: 978-0521806039
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,100,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
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"This book must be considered a very helpful companion, resulting from the contributors' hard work. The high level of the presentation of individual medieval philosophers--and of medieval thought in general--shows that each contributor has mastered their subject and put substantial work into the book. I believe that this volume has provided the opportunity to show the brilliance of that work, which sometimes remains anonymous, without compensation or social acknowledgment."
-Francisco Bertelloni, The Medieval Review
"Given its cast of contributors, The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy ought to be quite a good book, and it is: it succeeds in being both balanced and substantive."
-Mary Sirridge, Louisiana State University
"Seldom has a scholar had a more productive retirement[...]McGrade has assembled for his volume an array of authorities from both sides of the Atlantic and issued his assignment according to a combination of historical and thematic approaches."
-R. James Long, Fairfield University, The Thomist
This volume takes its readers into one of the most exciting periods in the history of philosophy. It spans a millennium of thought extending from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas and beyond. It includes not only the thinkers of the Latin West but also the profound contributions of Islamic and Jewish thinkers such as Avicenna and Maimonides. Leading specialists examine what it was like to do philosophy in the cultures and institutions of the Middle Ages. Supplementary material includes chronological charts and biographies of the major thinkers.
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Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, the great medieval thinkers are not examined thoroughly, and it is sometimes difficult to get an accurate idea of the structure of their thinking. But then again, the objective of the book is to light your way through the main topics in medieval thinking.
Some articles are more exhaustive than others, and sometimes you get the feeling that you are not necessarily reading a university text but separated comments on philosophy.
The book works great as an introduction to medieval philosophy for beginners or as a complement for more advanced readers. Any how, you will always need to go to additional bibliography.