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The Earlier Medieval Power Distinction

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0010
The Earlier Medieval Power Distinction

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Elements of an appreciation can now be put together. This involves locating the Distinction in its genre, drawing attention to salient features of the circumstances in which it was used, and providing the bones of an analysis. It concludes the account of how the earlier medieval Power Distinction was understood and used. Brief queries are added on its aptness alike for purposes to which it was addressed, and others to which it might yet be. It is surely no accident that the earliest users to appear are pupils of the Masters who brought philosophy back from the groves and cloisters to the (publicly regulated) market-place. For the Distinction is to be understood as at bottom a dialectical device, an element in the regimented or stylised speech of the informal but disciplined inquiries in which the Masters of the twelfth century had brought back the spirit of Socrates.

Keywords: Power Distinction; pupils; Masters; philosophy; Socrates

Chapter.  22292 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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