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Great Minds of the Medieval World

Go beyond the typical philosophy course and explore the most fascinating minds of the Middle Ages, including great philosophers, prolific writers, and cultural movers.

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e********m
December 9, 2017

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t********m
November 17, 2017

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p********m
August 16, 2017
The course is OK, but no more. There are many assertions of the importance of particular figures, but too often with a lack of evidence and integration into historical context. Occasionally the lectures start to approach the border of hagiography. A particular hobby horse is the insistence, without evidence, that individualism was a common world view in the middle ages. The existence of the individuals presented is not evidence. The acknowledged rarity of such individuals is evidence that they were in fact exceptions to the rule of social embeddedness. The in later lectures the expansion of individualist thought and living is presented. Can't have it both ways.

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