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Ian Alexander Moore (ed.), Reiner Schürmann: Neo-Aristotelianism and the Medieval Renaissance

Reiner Schürmann, Ian Alexander Moore (ed.)

Neo-Aristotelianism and the Medieval Renaissance
On Aquinas, Ockham, and Eckhart

Softcover, 144 pages

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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 to devote its attention to otherness and singularity. A crucial supplement to Schürmann’s magnum opus Broken Hegemonies, this volume 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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    Plan of Lectures

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    I. The Several Senses of Being in Thomas Aquinas

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    II. Aquinas’ Philosophy of Knowledge

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    III. William of Ockham’s Conceptualism

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    IV. Meister Eckhart’s Speculative Mysticism

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    Tentative Chronology of Reiner Schürmann’s Courses at the New School for Social Research

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    Lecture Notes of Reiner Schürmann at the NSSR— Pierre Adler’s Inventory (1994)

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    Editorial Statement

  • history of philosophy
  • Aristotle
  • Middle ages
  • Renaissance

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Ian Alexander Moore

is a faculty member at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Associate Editor of the journal Philosophy Today.
Reiner Schürmann

Reiner Schürmann

(1941–93) was a German philosopher. He was born in Amsterdam and lived in Germany, Israel, and France before immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, where he was professor and director of the Department of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of three books on philosophy: Heidegger on Being and Acting, Wandering Joy, and Broken Hegemonies. Origins is his only work of fiction. He never wrote nor published in his native German.
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