Armies of the Dark Ages, 600-1066 A.D. by Ian Heath

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At almost every stage, Philosophy makes assumptions which an interlocutor less docile than Boethius-the-character would have questioned, and the views she reaches, although sweeping, are far from clear. To take just two examples. Central to Philosophy’s argument is the idea that there is a perfect good, from which the imperfect goods of fortune are derived. She argues that the existence of a perfect good follows from the existence of imperfect goods, because (III, pr. 10) ‘if in any genus there seems to be something which is imperfect, it is necessary that there is also something perfect in it’.

Libera, A. de La Philosophie Médiévale, 2nd edn, Paris, 1995. Marenbon, J. Later Medieval Philosophy (1150–1350): an Introduction, rev. edn, London and New York, 1991. A. Truth and Consequence in Mediaeval Logic, Amsterdam, 1953; repr. , 1976). Van Steenberghen, F. La Philosophie au XIIIe Siècle, Louvain, 1966. ——Aristotle in the West, 2nd edn, trans. Johnston, Louvain, 1970. ——Introduction à l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale, Louvain, 1974. 10 CHAPTER 1 Boethius: from antiquity to the Middle Ages John Marenbon Boethius is a difficult figure to place in the history of philosophy.

His approach has influenced English-language readers both through translations of his work (for instance [Intr. 13]) and through David Knowles’s widely read textbook [Intr. 8] which is heavily indebted to Van Steenberghen. 5 There is not space here properly to consider Etienne Gilson, whose work still provides many with their first and only glimpse of medieval philosophy. Gilson was both a remarkable scholar and a brilliant, independent (and often idiosyncratic) thinker, influenced by modern philosophers, especially Heidegger.

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