Medieval Thought

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Unformatted text preview: Medieval Thought Background to the Problem • Different than the Greek and Roman thought • Greeks and Romans were worried about their life in this world • Medieval thinkers are not concerned about that, they are concerned about the next life • They are all Christians, all concerned about Christian issues. Questions about God, what he’s like, how is one saved • Early on, this medieval thought was based strictly on Christian writings • With the fall of Roman Empire in the west, their writings were lost. Ex. Plato, Socrates, dramas, philosophies • Christian writers have only Christian text • The Greek and Roman writing however were not lost in the east • This lecture is about the rediscovery of the ancient writings Framing the Problem: St. Augustine, 354-430 • St. Augustine was a late Roman writer, still familiar with all the classical texts • Considered a Neo-Platonist, big fan of Plato • He wrote that God is an eternally perfect being and he conceived the idea of...
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