Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry: Their Function and Significance

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Isabel Iribarren, Martin Lenz
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Philosophy - 235 pages
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The nature and properties of angels occupied a prominent place in medieval philosophical inquiry. Creatures of two worlds, angels provided ideal ground for exploring the nature of God and his creation, being perceived as 'models' according to which a whole range of questions were defined, from cosmological order, movement, and place, to individuation, cognition, volition, and modes of language. This collection of essays is a significant scholarly contribution to angelology, centred on the function and significance of angels in medieval speculation and its history. The unifying theme is that of the role of angels in philosophical inquiry, where each contribution represents a case study in which the angelic model is seen to motivate developments in specific areas and periods of medieval philosophical thought.
 

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Contents

The Role of Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry
1
Angels as Exemplars of World Order
13
The Hierarchies in the Writings of Alan of Lille William of Auvergne and St Bonaventure
15
Deplatonising the Celestial Hierarchy Peter John Olivis Interpretation of the PseudoDionysius
29
Angelic Individuality and the Possibility of a Better World Durandus of St Pourçains Criticism of Thomas Aquinas
45
Angelic Location
61
Abelard on Angels
63
The Condemnations of 1277 and Henry of Ghent on Angelic Location
73
Angelic Cognition and Language
129
The Language of Angels On the Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity of Pure Spirits
131
Thought Experiments The Methodological Function of Angels in Late Medieval Epistemology
143
Why Cant Angels Think Properly? Ockham against Chatton and Aquinas
155
Demonology
169
Demons as Psychological Abstractions
171
Angels in the Renaissance and The Early Modern Period
185
Medieval Renaissance and Reformation Angels A Comparison
187

Angels Space and Place The Location of Separate Substances according to John Duns Scotus
89
Late Medieval Debates on the Location of Angels after the Condemnation of 1277
113
On Angelic Bodies Some Philosophical Discussions in the Seventeenth Century
201
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Isabel Iribarren is Lecturer in Medieval History and Theology at Strasbourg University, France and Martin Lenz, is Research Associate at the Humboldt-University, Germany

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