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Richard Southern and the Twelfth-Century Intellectual World: Essay Review of R. W. Southern, Scholastic Humanism and the Unification of Europe, Vol. 1: Foundations, Vol. II: The Heroic Age

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Thomson, RM, Richard Southern and the Twelfth-Century Intellectual World: Essay Review of R. W. Southern, Scholastic Humanism and the Unification of Europe, Vol. 1: Foundations, Vol. II: The Heroic Age, Journal of Religious History, 26, (3) pp. 264-73. ISSN 0022-4227 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-9809.t01-1-00156

Abstract

Richard Southern's most recent book proposes an interpretation of the intellectual life of twelfth-century Europe that deserves both close attention and critical scrutiny. Particular issues questioned in this review are the dominant centrality of the "scholastic enterprise," Southern's idiosyncratic definition of "humanism," and his prolongation of the twelfth-century renaissance through most of the thirteenth. It is argued that Southern's interpretation has led to the undervaluation of regions of western Europe such as Germany, and of non-scholastic communities such as Benedictine monasticism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Thomson, RM (Professor Rodney Thomson)
ID Code:24386
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-06-20
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