Contents: Introduction. Part I The History of Political Thought [in the Patristic Period]: De civitate Dei, XV, 2 and Augustine's idea of the Christian society; Kingdom and polity in Eusebius of Caesarea; The development of Augustine's ideas on society before the Donatist controversy. Part II The Fundamental Reorientation of Western Thought c. 1100 AD: Augustine and Anselm of Canterbury; Boethius and Abelard. Part III The Elaboration of the 1100 AD Thesis: St Paul and ancient modes of thought; Some Petrarchan paradoxes; Some historical structures of reading and allegory; The eyes of the mind: antiquity and the Renaissance; Two debates about the intellect: 1) Alexander of Aphrodisias and the Greeks; 2) Nifo and the Renaissance philosophers; The Renaissance reading of the De anima; Quintilian as ancient thinker; The studia humanitatis and litterae in Cicero and Leonardo Bruni. Index.
Nancy Struever is Professor Emerita, The Humanities Center, The Johns Hopkins University, USA
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