Nature in Medieval Thought

Nature in Medieval Thought : Some Approaches East and West

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This volume deals with the medieval concept of nature under various aspects ( such as natural law and the foundation of ethics, the metaphysical and theological understanding of nature, final causality and explanation, nature as the object of science) and from different perspectives : Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, Thierry of Chartres and the philosophy of nature in the 12th century, Henry Bate and William of Ockham, Duns Scotus. This publication is the result of a research project patronized by Waseda University in Tokyo which confronted Japanese and Western views on nature. It was assumed that an intercultural dialogue on nature, which still is a central concept in modern thought, both ecological and ethical, is not possible without an historical understanding of the formation of this concept in medieval culture. The various contributions of Japanese and Western scholars offer the medieval precedents for such a dialogue.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 163.58 x 248.92 x 19.81mm | 510g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004119663
  • 9789004119666

Table of contents

Foreword: Chywmaru Koyama
Preface: Wolfgang Kluxen

l. Yasuo Iwata: Aristotle on Natural Teleology
2. Wolfgang Kluxen: 'Natur" in der Ethik des Mittelalters:Lex naturae
3. Klaus Riesenhuber: Einheitsarithmetik und -metaphysik bei Thierry von Chartres-Naturphilosophie und Theologie im 12.Jahrhundert.
4. Ludger honnefelder: Zum Begriff der Natur in der mittelalterlichen Metaphysik
5. Wolfgang Kluxen: Lex naturae:Die bleibende Bedeutung der thomistischen Loesung des ethischen Problem
6. Ryosuke Inagaki: Original Sin and Human Nature: A Consideration of the Concept of Nature in Thomas Aquinas.
7. Carlos Steel: Scientia naturalis : Nature as object of science
8. Marilyn McCord Adams: Final Causality and Explanation in Scotus' De Primo Principlo

Epilogue: Chyumaru Koyama

Subject Index
Name index
Index of Classical texts
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About Chamaru Koyama

Chumaru Koyama, was Professor of Philosophy and President of Waseda University in Tokyo, and is now Rector at Hakuou University in Oyama (Japan). He published an Itinerary to a comparative philosophy of religion (Tokyo 1991).
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