In this book, James McEvoy provides a brief, accessible introduction to the thought of Robert Grosseteste (c.1168-1253). Grosseteste was the initiator of the English scientific tradition, one of the first chancellors of Oxford University, and a famous teacher and commentator on the newly discovered works of Aristotle. Despite his importance, very little of his work is available in English. McEvoy translates into English brief passages from Grosseteste's own writings which are of central importance to his thought and builds around them the first general, inclusive overview of the entire range of Grosseteste's intellectual achievement.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 142.24 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
- 21 Sep 2000
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
Professor McEvoy has spent many years studying the writings of Robert Grosseteste and his depth of knowledge is evident throughout this book. As an introduction to the life and work of one of the most fascinating of medieval Englishmen, this can be thoroughly recommended. Lincolnshire History & Archaeology The publication of James McEvoy's new biography, in the Oxford series Great Medieval Thinkers provides a timely opportunity to take a fresh look at the life and writings of this medieval scholar and bishop. Lincolnshire History and Archaeology McEvoy's book will remind us that Grosseteste's was an eloquent and respected voice for a broad mainstream of scholasticism in its early thirteenth-century instantiation. Catholic Historical Review ... McEvoy deserves praise for making such good sense of Grosseteste's place in the context of his times. Catholic Historical Review ... followers of the history of philosophy will make up a good part of the audience for McEvoy's book. So it is fortunate that chapter 6, on Grosseteste's philosophy, is skillfully crafted, particularly in its first two parts, and that the account of Grosseteste's use of Aristotelian epistemology is so lucid and perceptive. Catholic Historical Review James McEvoy surely knows Robert Grosseteste better than anyone has since the thirteenth century. Which makes McEvoy the natural choice to write the volume on Grosseteste in the new Oxford series, "Great Medieval Thinkers". Fully up to expectations, he has produced a splendid book, the best single piece on the great English scholastic to appear to date. Catholic Historical Review This is an excellent introduction to the significant philosophical work of a somewhat neglected early Oxford master. Easily readable while scholarly significant, this book is a fine contribution to a fine series on medieval writers. Speculum