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Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy

The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy

Etienne Gilson

In this book (a translation of his well-known work _ L’esprit de la philosophie medievale,_ Etienne Gilson undertakes the task of defining the spirit of mediaeval philosophy. Gilson asks whether we can form the concept of a Christian philosophy and whether mediaeval philosophy is not its most adequate historical expression. He maintains that the spirit of mediaeval philosophy is the spirit of Christianity penetrating the Greek tradition, working within it, and drawing out of it a certain view of the world that is specifically Christian. To support his hypothesis, Gilson examines mediaeval thought in its nascent state, at that precise point where the Judeo-Christian graft was inserted into the Hellenic tradition. Gilson’s demonstration is primarily historical and occasionally theoretical in suggesting how doctrines that satisfied our predecessors for so many centuries may still be found conceivable today.

ISBN: 978-0-268-07506-4
504 pages
Publication Year: 1990

Etienne Gilson was born in Paris in 1884. He became Professor of Mediaeval Philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1921, and from 1932 until his retirement in 1951, he held a similar chair at the Collège de France. From 1929 until his death, he was affiliated with the Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto.

“Gilson’s style remains relaxed and conversational, graciously avoiding the labyrinthine twists of syntax and logic that often accompany the topic of metaphysics. . . . [The book] is a text of tremendous value—perhaps most especially so in our own particular period in the history of philosophy. Gilson’s book does more than merely overturn a few erroneous notions about mediaeval thinking; it works to remind its reader what it means to think and live within the structure of a metaphysical world-view.” — Faith andCulture

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From Aristotle to Darwin and Back Again

A Journey in Final Causality, Species, and Evolution

Étienne Gilson
Translated by John Lyon

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Linguistics and Philosophy

An Essay on the Philosophical Constants of Language

Étienne Gilson
Translated by John Lyon

P03398

Metaphysical Perspectives

Nicholas Rescher

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Linguistics and Philosophy

An Essay on the Philosophical Constants of Language

Étienne Gilson
Translated by John Lyon

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Analogia Entis

On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of Faith

Steven A. Long

The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy

Etienne Gilson

The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

In this book (a translation of his well-known work _ L’esprit de la philosophie medievale,_ Etienne Gilson undertakes the task of defining the spirit of mediaeval philosophy. Gilson asks whether we can form the concept of a Christian philosophy and whether mediaeval philosophy is not its most adequate historical expression. He maintains that the spirit of mediaeval philosophy is the spirit of Christianity penetrating the Greek tradition, working within it, and drawing out of it a certain view of the world that is specifically Christian. To support his hypothesis, Gilson examines mediaeval thought in its nascent state, at that precise point where the Judeo-Christian graft was inserted into the Hellenic tradition. Gilson’s demonstration is primarily historical and occasionally theoretical in suggesting how doctrines that satisfied our predecessors for so many centuries may still be found conceivable today.

ISBN: 978-0-268-07506-4

504 pages

“Gilson’s style remains relaxed and conversational, graciously avoiding the labyrinthine twists of syntax and logic that often accompany the topic of metaphysics. . . . [The book] is a text of tremendous value—perhaps most especially so in our own particular period in the history of philosophy. Gilson’s book does more than merely overturn a few erroneous notions about mediaeval thinking; it works to remind its reader what it means to think and live within the structure of a metaphysical world-view.” — Faith andCulture