Nicholas of Autrecourt: His Correspondence with Master Giles and Bernard of Arezzo : a Critical Edition from the Two Parisian Manuscripts with an Introduction, English Translation, Explanatory Notes, and Indexes

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E.J. Brill, 1994 - Architecture - 241 pages
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This volume contains the first critical edition and a complete English translation of the well-known correspondence conducted by the fourteenth-century 'sceptic' author Nicholas of Autrecourt (c. 1300-1369), with Bernard of Arezzo and a Master Giles. In the Introduction the extant manuscripts are analysed and the different positions of Nicholas, Bernard and Giles are discussed; the purport of Giles' reply to Nicholas is, contrary to common opinion, identified as a defence of Aristotelianism rather than of Bernard's 'sceptic' views. Two appendices contain the first critical edition of the records of the Avignon trial against Nicholas found in the Vatican Archives, and the 'Condemned Articles' with an English translation. The volume is rounded off with extensive indexes, which facilitate the use of the book as a source for the history of fourteenth-century thought.

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L.M. de Rijk (1924) is Emeritus Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Leiden, and Honorary Professor in the State University of Maastricht. He has been a member of the Dutch Parliament (Senate 1956-1991; Deputy Speaker, 1980-1991) and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (K.N.A.W.). He is the author of a large number of publications on ancient and medieval philosophy, including La philosophie au moyen age, (Brill, 1985); and (with Joke Spruyt ed.) Peter of Spain (Petrus Hispanus Portug.): Syncategoreumata. First critical edition with an introduction and indexes. With an English translation, (Brill, 1992).

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