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This chapter provides a concluding view of the book Authority and Imitation: A Study of the Cosmographia of Bernard Silvestris, which uses the intellectual history of the twelfth century as a lens to focus on and resolve some of the work's complexities. Bernard was a master in the schools of Tours, a centre with a tradition of scholarship stretching back to the Carolingians, who had brought back into manuscript circulation of the ancient authorities that were important for the Cosmographia. The book discusses that scholars had begun to turn away from the doctrines and style of the Cosmographia for a variety of pedagogical and theological reasons in the decades following the work's publication, well before the Western assimilation of Aristotle's natural philosophy. It mentions Roger Bacon's intriguing idea that philosophy was something that could be completed, complere is the verb he uses.

Keywords: Bernard Silvestris; Carolingians; Cosmographia



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