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Neo-Aristotelianism and the Medieval Renaissance

On Aquinas, Ockham, and Eckhart

In this lecture course, Reiner Schürmann develops the idea that, in between the spiritual Carolingian Renaissance and the secular humanist Renaissance, there was a distinctive medieval Renaissance connected with the rediscovery of Aristotle. Focusing on Thomas Aquinas’s ontology and epistemology, William of Ockham’s conceptualism, and Meister Eckhart’s speculative mysticism, Schürmann shows how thought began to break free from religion and the hierarchies of the feudal, neo-Platonic order and devote its attention to otherness and singularity. A crucial supplement to Schürmann’s magnum opus Broken Hegemonies, Neo-Aristotelianism and the Medieval Renaissance will be essential reading for anyone interested in the rise and fall of Western principles, and thus in how to think and act today.

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"This unusual book consists of lecture notes for a course titled 'Medieval Aristotelianism' given by Schürmann (1941–93) during his tenure as philosophy professor at the New School for Social Research. . . . the book is a compact, scholarly, accurate source of information on the revival of learning in the late Middle Ages."

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