Aristotle's Children (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 20, 2004 - History - 384 pages
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Europe was in the long slumber of the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten, until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. His ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas sparked riots and heresy trials, caused major upheavals in the Catholic Church, and also set the stage for today's rift between reason and religion.

In Aristotle's Children, Richard Rubenstein transports us back in history, rendering the controversies of the Middle Ages lively and accessible-and allowing us to understand the philosophical ideas that are fundamental to modern thought.

  

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Review: Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages

User Review  - Jake Maguire - Goodreads

Well written, thoughtful, and engaging. A good overview of Aristotle's influence on western civilization. I was happy to discover some biographical gems regarding the life of Boethius which was very satisfying. Definitely a good read. Read full review

Review: Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages

User Review  - Eric Eisberg - Goodreads

Rubenstein provides an excellent account of how the rediscovery of Aristotle's work during the Reconquista revolutionized thought in Europe. He examines the reaction of the church, the gradual ... Read full review

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RICHARD E. RUBENSTEIN is professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at George Mason University and an expert on religious conflict. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, he was a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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