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Medieval Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

by Sharon Kaye

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I took one course in Medieval Philosophy over 40 years ago and at the time expected to be bored by it, but to my surprise I enjoyed it a great deal, although like all courses at undergrad, I did not work as hard as I might to extract all that I could from it. However, I was left with an appreciation for the subject and on occasion, I have picked up books that dealt with it. This is one of them (that is probably obvious from the title).
I found this book to be a well written, ie not simplistic, but not inundating us with professional terminology, which obscures meaning for the beginner and the person returning to the subject but outlining concepts in an interesting way, that makes reading it an intellectual pleasure rather than a chore.
I would recommend it to anyone. ( )
  Northlaw | Mar 23, 2014 |
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Why do good things happen to bad people? Can we prove whether God exists? What is the difference between right and wrong? Medieval Philosophers were centrally concerned with such questions: questions which are as relevant today as a thousand years ago when the likes of Anselm and Aquinas sought to resolve them. In this fast-paced, enlightening guide, Sharon M. Kaye takes us on a whistle-stop tour of medieval philosophy, revealing the debt it owes to Aristotle and Plato, and showing how medieval thought is still inspiring philosophers and thinkers today. With new translations of numerous key extracts, Kaye directly introduces the reader to the philosophers? writings and the criticisms levied against them. Including helpful textboxes throughout the book detailing key thinkers, this is an entertaining and comprehensive primer for students and general readers alike.… (more)

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