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Jean Gerson And The Renewal Of Scholastic Discourse 1400–1415

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This chapter focuses briefly at some of Jean Gerson's writings in the first years of the fifteenth century in order to see how he sought through his criticism of the academic life to give it new meaning and to renew its contents. Trained in the question and answer discourse of scholasticism, Gerson sought alternative ways of dealing with academic questions. In an important article Daniel Hobbins has recently presented Gerson as a new type of university intellectual, who was concerned with getting outside the precincts of the academic life and who wanted to influence developments in church and society. Gerson's work on the celebration of the mass summarizes his agenda during these years: to make use of his position as professor of theology in order to spread teachings based on authorities but also on his own personal experience.

Keywords: Daniel Hobbins; discourse of scholasticism; Jean Gerson



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