- File Size: 828 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (September 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0061U2RRW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Medieval Essays Kindle Edition
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I don't have a background in philosophy; would not have described myself as someone who reads works of philosophy for pleasure !
I'm not a medievalist, either, or a theologian, so I approached this collection of essays a little bit timidly, but with a real spark of interest in the back of my mind, as well. Having read a couple of Gilson's larger works, including The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy, I had some experience of how effective a guide the author is in approaching unfamiliar terrain. Plus, he's got a wonderful sense of humor.
I can do no better in describing Etienne Gilson's writing than to borrow a quote from him:
"his most exact works retain a vivaciousness, spontaneity, and freshness that contrast agreeably with the usual dryness of works of this types."
He's speaking about William of Auvergne, there, (Kindle Locations 2844-2845), but Gilson's description fits my experience of Gilson's own writing. Beyond readily understandable, and hyper-informative, I found Medieval Essays just plain pleasurable to read.
The one caveat: there are a lot of quotes, and terms, in Latin that aren't translated, assuming, I suppose, that scholars in this milieu will be able to translate them. In context, I don't find that to be a real obstacle to understanding, as the meaning of the quotes and terms is explicated in plain English. That said, and given that the essays weren't originally intended for a general audience, and also given that I'm reading the work with intent to learn, I could wish for translations included in the notes. The points Gilson makes can hinge on very fine shades of meaning, and knowing the Latin certainly wouldn't hurt.
The Kindle formatting is quite good; there are very few typos, and the ease of access to the many notes and always handy dictionaries makes the Kindle version, for me, much, much easier to follow than a print version.
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