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The Mortgage of the PastReshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300)$
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Francis Oakley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176339

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176339.001.0001

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Recuperating the Past (iii)

Recuperating the Past (iii)

Fruits of the Encounter with Greek Antiquity

(p.100) 5. Recuperating the Past (iii)
The Mortgage of the Past

Francis Oakley

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the “political naturalism” that had arisen in the European intellectual scene by the twelfth century. By the end of the following century, the evocation of “nature” and the “natural” had stepped forward to take up an important position under the bright lights of center stage. The following sections focus more intently on the meanings characteristically attached to the word “nature.” Arthur O. Lovejoy was successful in presenting no less than sixty-six senses in which the word “nature” was used in antiquity. The aim of this chapter is to shed light on the differences in the ways this word was characteristically employed in the twelfth century by the masters of Chartres and Paris, and in the later thirteenth by those scholastic figures whose political thinking resonated to newly familiar Aristotelian frequencies.

Keywords:   political naturalism, European intellectual scene, twelfth century, nature, Arthur O. Lovejoy, Aristotelian frequencies

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