Aristotle's Children How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages

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ISBN-13: 9780156030090
Edition: 2003
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Europe was in the long slumber of the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten, until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. His ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas sparked riots and heresy trials, caused major upheavals in the Catholic Church, and also set the stage for today's rift between reason and religion. In Aristotle's Children, Richard Rubenstein transports us back in history, rendering the controversies of the Middle Ages lively and accessible-and allowing us to understand the philosophical ideas that are fundamental to modern thought.

RICHARD E. RUBENSTEIN is professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at George Mason University and an expert on religious conflict. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, he was a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

Preface
Prologue: The Medieval Star-Gate
"The Master of Those Who Know" Aristotle Rediscovered
The Murder of "Lady Philosophy" How the Ancient Wisdom Was Lost, and How It Was Found Again
"His Books Have Wings" Peter Abelard and the Revival of Reason
"He Who Strikes You Dead Will Earn a Blessing" Aristotle Among the Heretics
"Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark" Aristotle and the Teaching Friars
"This Man Understands" The Great Debate at the University of Paris
"Ockham's Razor" The Divorce of Faith and Reason
"God Does Not Have to Move These Circles Anymore" Aristotle and the Modern World
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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