History of Philosophy Volume 2. Medieval Philosophy. By: Frederick Copleston Media of History of Philosophy Volume 2. See larger image. A History of Philosophy, Volume II, Mediaeval Philosophy Augustine to Scotus. By S. J. Frederick Copleston (London: Burns Oates and Washbourne, Ltd. Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit and specialist in the history of philosophy, created his history as an introduction for Catholic ecclesiastical seminaries.

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The volume series gives an accessible account of each philosopher’s work, but also explains their relationship to the work of other philosophers. Thus Augustine, Erigena, and Bonaventure get multiple chapters, while several thinkers go by in between, but we do get a page or five or more to actually get to know the thought of each one adduced in some reasonable measure, This is enormously readable philpsophy fun, aside from Freddie’s unclean attraction to the word “propaedeutic”.

This being said, what Copleston discusses, is discussed in detail. For those who want numbers, the volume begins effectively with the 2nd century CE and ends at the volmue The author sounds like a confirmed Thomist, and yet he actually made me aware of a great many criticisms of Thomas’ actual claims and arguments. In fairness, Hpilosophy read the first half of the book; St.

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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus. Paperbackpages. The validity of this argument I will not argue in favor or in disagreement with.

See my review of Volume 1 for the same criticisms hold, though I would add that I thought his summary of the work of Duns Scotus was a bit muddled.

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I have only two complaints about the book. It is, of course, a necessary read for anyone who wishes to attain at least a basic grounding of the history of philosophy. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Lots of untranslated Latin – caveat lector. Copleston Frederick Copleston was born in Somerset in For instance, one often finds him noting that Augustine never divided philosophy from hitsory So, when you combine the two, you often have long periods of reading’s equivalent to the sound that Charlie Brown’s teacher makes.

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A History of Philosophy, Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy, from Augustine to Duns Scotus

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As one might imagine and, if one is conscious not to prejudge, one would indeed imagine after a brief survey of the table of contentsthis is a sweeping summation of a large amount of time in the history of philosophy. Thus Augustine, Erigena, and Bonaventure get multiple chapters, while several thinkers go by in between, but we do get a page or five or more to actually get to know the thought of each one adduced in some oof measure, and there is a clear sense of connection and development.

Aristotle, the favorite ancient of most of the Middle Ages in the West, is a dry philosopher. Since I am not a Catholic, or even a Christian, this is not the period of philosophy which I personally am most interested in, and the aspects I am interested in, the logic and epistemology, are somewhat shortchanged for discussion of the natural theology and “psychology” in the original sense of philosophy of the soulbut this is a legitimate reflection of what these philosophers themselves considered the most important part of their systems.

Copleston saw Scotus as being unfairly tarred as a pre-Ockhamist and was at pains to explain how he tried, vilume through tortured arguments he was the doctor subtilisapparently to explain God as, say, loving HImself both completely logically and completely freely.