Reason & Revelation in the Middle Ages

Reason Revelation in the Middle Ages None
  • Title: Reason & Revelation in the Middle Ages
  • Author: Étienne Gilson
  • ISBN: 9780023436208
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
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  • Étienne Gilson

    tienne Henri Gilson was born into a Roman Catholic family in Paris on 13 June 1884 He was educated at a number of Roman Catholic schools in Paris before attending lyc e Henri IV in 1902, where he studied philosophy Two years later he enrolled at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1907 after having studied under many fine scholars, including Lucien L vy Bruhl, Henri Bergson and Emile Durkheim.Gilson taught in a number of high schools after his graduation and worked on a doctoral thesis on Descartes, which he successfully completed Sorbonne in 1913 On the strength of advice from his teacher, L vy Bruhl, he began to study medieval philosophy in great depth, coming to see Descartes as having strong connections with medieval philosophy, although often finding merit in the medieval works he saw as connected than in Descartes himself He was later to be highly esteemed for his work in medieval philosophy and has been described as something of a saviour to the field.From 1913 to 1914 Gilson taught at the University of Lille His academic career was postponed during the First World War while he took up military service During his time in the army he served as second lieutenant in a machine gun regiment and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery upon relief from his duties After the war, he returned to academic life at Lille and also Strasbourg, and in 1921 he took up an appointment at the Sorbonne teaching the history of medieval philosophy He remained at the Sorbonne for eleven years prior to becoming Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the College de France in 1932 During his Sorbonne years and throughout his continuing career Gilson had the opportunity to travel extensively to North America, where he became highly influential as a historian and medievalist, demonstrating a number of previously undetermined important differences among the period s greatest figures.Gilson s Gifford Lectures, delivered at Aberdeen in 1931 and 1932, titled The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy , were published in his native language L espirit de la philosophie medieval, 1932 before being translated into English in 1936 Gilson believed that a defining feature of medieval philosophy was that it operated within a framework endorsing a conviction to the existence of God, with a complete acceptance that Christian revelation enabled the refinement of meticulous reason In this regard he described medieval philosophy as particularly Christian philosophy.Gilson married in 1908 and the union produced three children, two daughters and one son Sadly, his wife died of leukaemia in late 1949 In 1951 he relinquished his chair at the College de France in order to attend to responsibilities he had at the Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, Canada, an institute he had been invited to establish in 1929 Gilson died 19 September 1978 at the age of ninety four.


  • From Aristotle to Tertullian, St Thomas Aquinas to Martin Luther, this little read gives perhaps the most comprehensive background and substance to the boundaries between faith and reason I have ever read If you like this you should also read The Marriage of Sense and Soul.

  • Disputing the popular view that Medieval thinkers had a blind faith which obscured the growth of reason, the excellent philosophical historian, Etienne Gilson, distinguishes five different families of Medieval thinkers each with a different viewpoint in regards to reason and faith.This book is important as something than a historical treatment, for all of us modern persons are the intellectual descendants of these five schools of thought Each of the modern strains of thought, rationalism, human [...]

  • I enjoyed this read as I slowly worked through it the last couple weeks It put some context around my own journey from a bible believing Christian to an agnostic Understanding the break between theology and philosophy and it s history was the key Just as I saw this historical context of separating the two and of coming up with a list of truths that need not be proven in order to be believed, I saw myself slowly growing to want to prove things but adding to my lists of what was not required to be [...]

  • An interesting discussion though one that I think I would be better apt at following in its completeness if I actually had some bearing on the philosophies that are under discussion Not that Gilson doesn t do a good job in explaining things where things need to be explained I rarely felt truly lost but that it was written during a time when people generally studied these guys Still, the book has done what I set out to gain from it a general understanding of some of the discussions had during th [...]

  • A solid, quick read about different ways to conceive the relationship between philosophy and theology, with, as the title cunningly suggests, the middle ages as a focus The most interesting idea here was that there is a kind of tradition of Christian thinkers using the cutting edge extra theological thought of their time to do theology, starting with Augustine and his Platonism, and moving on to, e.g Anselm and his logic It s no coincidence that these gentlemen tend to be the most interesting of [...]

  • If it be true that in spite of its slow and fluctuating evolution the history of ideas is determined from within by the internal necessity of ideas themselves, the conclusions of our inquiry should exhibit a than historical value.

  • Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 7, as one of several books to quietly read to stir thoughts of the highest things.Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 15, as one of Twelve Collections of Lectures and Reflections.

  • What a teacher Gilson is So much said in such a short book This will help you understand st Thomas and the Chirch s defense against the heresies of the Middle Ages Recommended by a Dominican priest at Dominican House of studies in DC

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