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Global History of Philosophy (Vol. 5): The Period of Scholasticism (Pt. 2) (1150-1350 A.D.)

by John C. Plott

  • ISBN: 9788120805521, 8120805526
  • Year of Publication: 2000
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 795.00

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    The fourth and fifth volumes of the Global History of Philosophy are

    designated The Period of Scholasticism in order to stress that the

    scholastic method with its emphasis on thesis, antithesis, and attempts at

    synthesis became universal throughout Eurasia. Scholasticism should not be

    taken in the pejorative sense as the juggling of arguments by straw men,

    but in the sense of a challenge even in our own era to work for consistent

    and comprehensive systematic synthesis. All the "older traditions" need to

    be reinteerpreted in terms of "modern conditions"--which, after all, is

    what the Eurasian scholastics of these centuries were doing for their own


    The major developments of this period are "Monism in Many Moods" during the

    ninth century, through "Exfoliation and Elaboration" of those seminal

    systems in the tenth and eleventh centuries unitl the time of the "Great

    Summas" in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was during this time

    that philosophy and theology developed a very highly sophisticated

    technique of balancing arguments and refutations and counter-arguments and


    As is true of the whole series, these volumes are a new way of exploring

    the accumulative wisdom of mankind, and in the process explode many of the

    ethnocentric stereotypes which still hinder intercultural communications

    and world peace through intercultural understanding.


    About the Author(s)

    JOHN C.PLOTT received his B.A. degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors at the

    University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. degree from Banaras Hindu University. He

    is now teaching philosophy at Marshall University, U.S.A. He constantly

    concerned for World Peace through Global Understanding and Social Justice

    through Gandhian Practice.