John Marenbon

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article introduces the main aims of the book and provides a thematic framework for the different articles. The “Survey” section divides its material into the four main traditions of medieval philosophy: Greek, Arabic, Jewish, and Latin. The “Issues” section ranges broadly, from logic and philosophy of language, to metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. The two sections of the Handbook contribute to a common goal: to consider medieval texts in their relation to contemporary philosophy. Nonetheless, there is a gap in approach between the “Survey” articles and at least some of those in the “Issues” section. How to bridge the division this book epitomizes remains a fundamental problem not just for medievalists, but for all historians of philosophy.

Keywords: medieval philosophy; Greek philosophy; Latin philosophy; metaphysics; aesthetics; contemporary philosophy

Article.  6157 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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