Item description for Bernard of Clairvaux on the Life of the Mind by John R. Sommerfeldt...
Overview A study of the many-faceted, complex, yet consistent thought of the most influential thinker of the first half of the 12th century whose thought influenced all medieval thinkers, including Luther and Calvin.
Publishers Description Eminent scholar and educator John Sommerfeldt has written a book that will be welcomed by students as well as seasoned scholars in the academic world. It is a one-volume study of all of the essential aspects of Bernard of Clairvaux's thought. A key figure in the first half of the twelfth century, Bernard offers us solutions to the epistemological question that arises as a result of our search for happiness and self-fulfillment. Bernard's epistemology is complex. He was a human devoted to the classical literary approach to reality that aims at achieving wisdom through the appreciation of beauty. He was also a "mystic," who fostered superrational ways of ascertaining reality: faith, charismatic knowledge, and contemplation. Among the many topics that Sommerfeldt explores arc mysticism, humanism, scholasticism, common sense ways of knowing, theology, philosophy, and the Abelard affair. And he emphasizes that Bernard's view of society--and the church--provides the context within which we can best understand his epistemology.
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Studio: Newman Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Newman Press
ISBN 0809142031 ISBN13 9780809142033
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More About John R. Sommerfeldt
John R. Sommerfeldt, PhD, professor of history at the University of Dallas, is the founder of the International Congress on Medieval Studies and the author and or editor of numerous books on Bernard of Clairvaux, as well as medieval and Cistercian history.