Philosophic Classics

Philosophic Classics : Volume II: Medieval Philosophy

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The abundant selections in this anthology of medieval philosophical readings helps the reader put philosophical inquiry into context and features some of the best translations available today. KEY TOPICS: The readings in this anthology represent the towering medieval thinkers-Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and William of Ockham-discussing a variety of topics, including questions on the nature of universals, the nature and essence of God, the relationship of God to time and creation, and the ability of humans to know God and creation. MARKET: For anyone who wants a readable and accessible collection of metaphysical and epistemological selections from medieval philosophy.
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  • Paperback | 527 pages
  • 177.8 x 238 x 22.1mm | 752.98g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 0130485578
  • 9780130485571

Table of contents

PROLOGUE I: EARLY CHRISTIANITY Justin MartyrClement of AlexandriaTertullianOrigen PROLOGUE II: OTHER FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS Philo of Alexandria On the Account of the World's Creation Given by Moses (2-6, 44-46) Plotinus. Enneads (Ennead I, Tractate 6)-new translation Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite. The Divine Names (Chapter 4, Sections 18-21, 30; 7,3) AUGUSTINE On the Free Choice of the Will (Book II)Confessions (Book VIII, 5, 8-12; and XI, 14-28)City of God (Book VIII, Chapters 1-12; XI, 26; XII, 1-9; XIX, 11-17) EARLY MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY Boethius. Commentary on Isagoge of Porphyry (Book I, Chapters 10-11)The Consolation of Philosophy (Book V, Chapter 6) John Scotus Eriugena Periphyseon: On the Division of Nature (Book I, Chapters 1-7, 11-12, 13-14) Anselm (and Guanilo). Proslogion (Preface, Chapters 1-4)Guanilo and Anselm: Debate Peter Abelard On Universals (selections)Ethics (Prologue, Chapters 1-3, 10-12) Hildegard of Bingen. Scivias (Book I, Vision 4, Chapters 16-20) John of Salisbury Metalogicon (Book II, Chapter 17)Statesman (Policratus) (Chapters 1-3) ISLAMIC AND JEWISH PHILOSOPHY IN THE MIDDLE AGES Avicenna Essay on the Secret of DestinyConcerning the Soul (Chapters 1-2, 4, 6, 12-13) Al-Ghazali. The Incoherence of the Philosophers (Introduction and Preface One) Averroes The Decisive Treatise Moses Maimonides The Guide for the Perplexed (Part I: Chapters 51-53, 58-60; II: Introduction, 13, 17; III: 12) THIRTEENTH-CENTURY PHILOSOPHY Robert Grosseteste. On Light Roger Bacon. The Opus Majus (Part IV, 1,3; VI, 1-2) Bonaventure The Mind's Road to God (Prologue, Chapters 1-3)On the Eternity of the World (selections) THOMAS AQUINAS Summa Theologica (selections)Treatise on Creation: Q. 48, a. 1, 3 (POE)Treatise on Man: Q. 75, a. 1, 3, 6Treatise on Law (I-II) Q. 91, a. 1, 2, 3; Q. 92, a 1The Principles of Nature. On Being and Essence LATE MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY John Duns Scotus A Treatise on God as First Principle (Chapter 3)Reportata Parisiensia (in part)Prologue to the Ordination William of Ockham On Universals (Summa Logicae, Part I, Chapters 14-16)On Being (Summa Logicae, Part I, Chapter 38)On Knowledge (Quodlibetol Questions, First Quodlibet, Question 13)On God (selections)On Politics (Eight Questions on the Power of the Pope, Question 2, Chapters 1, 7) Meister Eckhart Sermon #1 Catherine of Siena Letter #58. The Dialogues (1-3, 4, 7, 23, 79) RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY Nicholas Cusanas (1401-1464) On Learned Ignorance (Chapters 1-4, 26) Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola Oration on the Dignity of Man (1-7) Machiavelli The Prince, chapter 15-18, 25 MontaigneApology for Raymond Sebond, Chapter 3
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"Students with little or no background in philosophy would likely find it difficult-if not impossible-to comprehend the works of many of the philosophers addressed in [each] volume on their own. However, this text's informative introductions and careful selection of readings make it possible for students to get a foothold in their primary texts....[S]tudents are afforded the opportunity to engage with the works of these illustrious but often inscrutable thinkers." - Jennifer McMahon, Centre College"This collection is by far the best I have seen in this area....And I certainly prefer having all of my material together in one text rather than having students purchase half a dozen books, which then still require supplementation. I cannot imagine a better format or selection of materials that would tempt me away from this collection for another." - Ted Toadvine, Emporia State University
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About Forrest E. Baird

Forrest E. Baird is Professor and Chair of Philosophy & Religion at Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington.
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