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Peter Abelard’s Theory Of Virtues And Its Context

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In each of its aspects, this study continues from and pays tribute to the work of David Luscombe, as the editor of two of Abelard's most important ethical texts and of a pioneering study, still unreplaced, of Abelard's early influence. According to this chapter, Anselm's namesake, who taught theology at Laon at the turn of the twelfth century, talks about the virtues in just one of the Sentences reliably attributed to him, and he takes it for granted that they are based on charity. It has been rightly pointed out that in all this final section Alcuin is borrowing Augustinian themes and sometimes passages. It concludes that although later twelfth and thirteenth-century thinkers made a place for acquired virtues of the sort that pagans might have through their concept of &t;political&t; virtues, it is questionable whether, natural virtues had nearly so fundamental a role as they did for Abelard.

Keywords: Abelard's; Alcuin; Anselm's; David Luscombe; twelfth century; virtues



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