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The Dynamics of Natural Philosophy in the Aristotelian Tradition (and Beyond): Doctrinal and Institutional Perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Grant, Edward
dc.creator Edward Grant
dc.date.accessioned 2005-06-28T20:23:37Z
dc.date.available 2005-06-28T20:23:37Z
dc.date.issued 1999-08-16
dc.identifier.other Collection C184
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/97
dc.description Grant's lecture is one of five inaugural lectures delivered on August 16, 1999 introducing the Conference on "The Dynamics of Natural Philosophy in the Aristotelian Tradition (and Beyond): Doctrinal and Institutional Perspectives" held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, August 16-20. en
dc.description.abstract To understand why natural philosophy played such a fundamental role in medieval intellectual life, we must view it in the context within which it was born in Western Europe. Before the introduction in the twelfth century of Aristotle’s works, which formed the solid foundation on which medieval natural philosophy was built, natural philosophy was a marginal activity based upon two-thirds of Plato’s Timaeus, Calcidius’s commentary on that treatise, and what relevant works might be available from a few Roman authors and one or more of the Latin encyclopedists: Boethius, Macrobius, Martianus Capella, Isidore of Seville, Cassiodorus, and a few others. With such an intellectual fare, Western Europe would not have gone far. But even before the introduction of Aristotle’s natural philosophy, Western Europe was already undergoing a momentous transformation, one that was destined to shape its attitude toward the world until the present day, and that will continue to shape its outlook into the foreseeable future. I speak about the conscious desire of many scholars to follow the path of reason, as opposed to authority. In a Christian society founded upon faith and revealed truth, the new attitude was startling. en
dc.description.sponsorship Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Reanaissance Natural Philosophy at the Catholic University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands en
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dc.subject John Scotus Eriugena en
dc.subject Peter Abelard en
dc.subject John Buridan en
dc.subject natural philosophy en
dc.subject Aristotle en
dc.subject Medieval en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Theology en
dc.subject Isaac Newton en
dc.subject Science en
dc.title The Dynamics of Natural Philosophy in the Aristotelian Tradition (and Beyond): Doctrinal and Institutional Perspectives en
dc.type Presentation en


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