Early Use of the Distinction: By the Pupils of the Masters

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI:
Early Use of the Distinction: By the Pupils of the Masters

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This chapter examines the earliest available passages in which the Power Distinction itself is being recognisably used. Towards the twelfth century appears a new class, of magistri: in the feudal world but not quite of it, tonsured as a rule but not to be regarded as clerics first and foremost. Through this movement of the Masters, however, rigorously argued philosophy came back to the market-place where the midwife's son had brought it to vigorous life, and where Hypatia had sold it to the passers-by. The pupils of the Masters were no longer claustrales but scholastici, who compared products and were themselves prepared to move, either singly or en masse, not only to other Masters but to other market-places, in order to find what they thought they wanted.

Keywords: passages; Power Distinction; magistri; movement; Masters; philosophy; Hypatia; pupils

Chapter.  20019 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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