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Crossing Philosophical Boundaries C. 1150–C. 1250

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Many of the developments that took place in philosophical learning and teaching from the second half of the twelfth century into the next are familiar in outline. Ludger Honnefelder has called the period from the late twelfth century to 1250 the incubation period for the study of Aristotle's philosophy beyond his logic. Translations of (especially) Aristotles Metaphysics, Ethics, Physics and Soul had begun to be used in teaching along with Averroess Commentaries. By the middle of the thirteenth century at university level the content of the arts course no longer could be equated, even fictionally, to the seven liberal arts. In northern universities it had a strongly philosophical character and other classifications had been developed, including the three philosophies, natural, moral and metaphysical.

Keywords: Aristotle; metaphysical philosophy; moral philosophy; natural philosophy; philosophical learning; quadrivium; trivium



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