By Peter Dronke

This can be the 1st finished learn of the philosophical achievements of twelfth-century Western Europe. it's the collaboration of fifteen students whose precise survey makes obtainable the highbrow preoccupations of the interval, with all texts stated in English translation all through. After a dialogue of the cultural context of twelfth-century hypothesis, and a few of the most streams of notion - Platonic, Stoic, and Arabic - that quickened it, comes a characterisation of the hot difficulties and views of the interval, in medical inquiry, speculative grammar, and common sense. this is often via a more in-depth exam of the exact good points of a few of the main cutting edge thinkers of the time, from Anselm and Abelard to the college of Chartres. a last part exhibits the influence of newly recovered works of Aristotle within the twelfth-century West.

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14 And the Hermetic treatise 10 Edouard Jeauneau, 'Note sur l'Ecole de Chartres', Studi Medievali, ser. 3, v (1964) 821-65, repr. in Jeauneau's 'Lectio Philosophorum': Recherches sur l'Ecole de Chartres (Amsterdam 1973), pp. 5—49; 'Macrobe, source du platonisme chartrain', Studi Medievali, ser. 3, 1 (i960) 3-24 ('Lectio Philosophorum', pp. 279-300). 11 William, Glosae super Platonem, ed. E. Jeauneau (Paris 1965), p. 60. Tullio Gregory, Anima mundi. Lafilosofia di Guglielmo di Conches e la Scuola di Chartres (Florence 1955), pp.

Philosophy, cosmology and the Renaissance 39 seem to imply the pre-existence of other principia than the sole omnipotent God. 56 Physical questions are what most concern William of Saint-Thierry in his De erroribus Guillelmi de Conchis,57 and they are a recurring theme in what is certainly the most interesting and penetrating critique of the presumptions of natural philosophy, that of Hugh of Saint-Victor. Hugh is in many ways closely allied with thinkers like Thierry and William, in his insistence on the importance of a complete Liberal Arts curriculum, and in his vivid sense of the coherent vision of reality for which the Arts prepare the way.

Luscombe, The School of Peter Abelard ( C a m b r i d g e 1970), p p . 125-6. Philosophy, cosmology and the Renaissance 39 seem to imply the pre-existence of other principia than the sole omnipotent God. 56 Physical questions are what most concern William of Saint-Thierry in his De erroribus Guillelmi de Conchis,57 and they are a recurring theme in what is certainly the most interesting and penetrating critique of the presumptions of natural philosophy, that of Hugh of Saint-Victor. Hugh is in many ways closely allied with thinkers like Thierry and William, in his insistence on the importance of a complete Liberal Arts curriculum, and in his vivid sense of the coherent vision of reality for which the Arts prepare the way.

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