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The Face of Spain (1950)

by Gerald Brenan

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The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy comprises over fifty specially commissioned essays by experts on the philosophy of this period. Starting in the late eighth century, with the renewal of learning some centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, a sequence of chapters take the reader through developments in many and varied fields, including logic and language, natural philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, and theology. Close attention is paid to the context of medieval philosophy, with discussions of the rise of the universities and developments in the cultural and linguistic spheres. A striking feature is the continuous coverage of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian material. There are useful biographies of the philosophers, and a comprehensive bibliography. The volume illuminates a rich and remarkable period in the history of philosophy and will be the authoritative source on medieval philosophy for the next generation of scholars and students alike.… (more)
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This is an illuminating account of travel in post civil war Spain, circa 1949, a vanished world to us today. Best when describing the people, the characters met by the author and his wife, some of the more discursive passages are less interesting (to this reader, at least). The extreme poverty in some of Spain's out of the way villages is movingly portrayed and the author's passionate love of the country is clearly apparent. This is the Spain of Hemingway that had it's last glimmers in the 1960's, light years from the modern, fully integrated European state we see today. ( )
  DramMan | Dec 13, 2013 |
Having written about Spain before the Civil War, he returns in 1949 to revisit and places and people he wrote about in his book South From Granada ( )
  Tonyh. | Jan 27, 2016 |
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The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy comprises over fifty specially commissioned essays by experts on the philosophy of this period. Starting in the late eighth century, with the renewal of learning some centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, a sequence of chapters take the reader through developments in many and varied fields, including logic and language, natural philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, and theology. Close attention is paid to the context of medieval philosophy, with discussions of the rise of the universities and developments in the cultural and linguistic spheres. A striking feature is the continuous coverage of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian material. There are useful biographies of the philosophers, and a comprehensive bibliography. The volume illuminates a rich and remarkable period in the history of philosophy and will be the authoritative source on medieval philosophy for the next generation of scholars and students alike.

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