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And theology and to a much lesser extent in medicine and law The final chapter describes how the Middle Ages acuired an undeserved reputation as an age of superstition barbarism and unreason This book is exceptional I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Medieval history as it carefully exposes one of the most pernicious myths about that period the idea that the middle ages was a period of intellectual decline followed by cultural and intellectual stagnation over the course of 1000 years That is the myth that the middle ages were the dark ages In the process the book rebuts a number of satellite myths eg that everyone in the middles ages believed the earth was flat that the universities of the late middle ages did not pro

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God and Reason in the Middle Ages

The Age of Reason associated with the names of Descartes Newton Hobbes and the French philosophers actually began in the universities that first emerged in the late Middle Ages 1100 to 1600 A superb survey of the spirit of medieval thought Grant cogently argues for why we should see the Middle Age s as the inauguration of the West s appreciation for reason and that we cannot understand our irrepressible desire for true knowledge without first looking to the time of the scholastics and how they harbored the same passion in their time

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When the first large scale institutionalization of reason in the history of civilization occurred This study shows how reason was used in the university subjects of logic natural philosophy An excellent and incredibly thorough survey of the use of reason in the late Middle Ages Makes and supports the claim that the Age of Reason began in the medieval universities and that the enlightenment used the tools that they madeA very challenging read but a good one


6 thoughts on “God and Reason in the Middle Ages

  1. says:

    A superb survey of the spirit of medieval thought Grant cogently argues for why we should see the Middle Age’s as the inauguration of the West’s appreciation for reason and that we cannot understand our irrepressible desire for true knowledge without first looking to the time of the scholastics and how they harbored the same passion in

  2. says:

    An excellent and incredibly thorough survey of the use of reason in the late Middle Ages Makes and supports the claim that the Age of Reason began in the medieval universities and that the enlightenment used the tools that they madeA very challenging read but a good one

  3. says:

    This book is exceptional I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Medieval history as it carefully exposes one of the most pernicious myths about that period the idea that the middle ages was a period of intellectual decline followed by cultural and intellectual stagnation over the course of 1000 years That is the myth

  4. says:

    I'm still amazed at the incredible amount of information about this particular period in history I've read other sources giving some evidence that the middle ages has been misrepresented but with little detail I'm glad I read this book I was pu

  5. says:

    This shows how the mediaeval age was not a non uestioning authority following age but full of rational logical and spirited debate about nature and God Grant plots the use of reason and logic through theology natur

  6. says:

    Grant puts his case forward clearly and convincingly but this book mostly works as an academic work As a popular history he never manages to escape the dryness that sadly plagues the work

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