Medieval philosophers don’t get much attention these days but Avicenna deserves it, says Prof Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 15, 2017 – Joe Humphreys
What has medieval philosophy ever done for us? Seriously, name a thinker of merit to emerge from the 5th to 15th century. Thomas Aquinas? William of Ockham? Mere curiosities today, one might argue; part of an irrelevant tradition of religious superstition.
Prof Peter Adamson, creator of the History of Philosophy Without any Gaps podcast and book series, begs to differ.
“For starters, precisely because of their importance in the history of religion, medieval philosophers remain relevant in some cultures and contexts,” he says.
“If you want to understand the doctrines of the Catholic church you had better know your Aquinas, and in the Islamic world today people still have strong views – both positive and negative – about medieval thinkers such as Averroes and Avicenna. ”
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