Medieval Thought (History of Western Philosophy) by David Luscombe

By David Luscombe

The center a long time span a interval of good over a millennium: from the emperor Constantine's Christian conversion in 312 to the early 16th century. David Luscombe's transparent and obtainable historical past of medieval idea steers a transparent direction via this lengthy interval, starting with the 3 maximum affects on medieval philosophy: Augustine, Boethius, and Pseudo-Denis, and concentrating on Abelard, Anselm, Aquinas, Ockham, Duns Scotus, and Eckhart between others within the 12th to 15th centuries.

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A kind of upsidedown theology? S u rely, on this first cosmological version, no. Because on this account i t can be shown that the connection between one cycle and the next is neither causal nor moral, nothing I do wi l l h ave the sl ightest effect on the next round. This is true whether I bel ieve eterna l recu rrence o r not. And fu rthermore, if one did suppose the rel ationship between one cycle and the next to be one of cause/effect i n wh atever loose form, one could not call it salvation (or damnation) for what one does merely to be repeated infinitely.

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4 1 Nietzsche is opposed to a l l eudemonism, t o a l l those who i n weariness aspire t o h appiness as 22 Heidegger and the Nietzschean 'Physiology of A rt' to 'the sabbath o f sabbaths'. In spite of this ontological character of pleasure, as a corol l a ry accompani ment of the Wi l l to Power ('every increase o f power i s pleasure') , 42 i t is i mpossible to get rid of the organic, physical dimension. To dissociate strength as Will to Power from bodily dispositions is to make the latter into mere emanations o r surface traits o f the essence th a t Wil l to Power is , an d t o posit B e i n g (Sein) separately from beings which Nietzsche does not do.

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