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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (19 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521892821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521892827
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Moran has written the most comprehensive study yet of Eriugena's philosophy, tracing the sources of his thinking and analyzing his most important text, the Periphyseon. This volume will be of special interest to historians of mediaeval philosophy, history, and theology.

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Eriugena, an early mediaeval author, wrote during a period of cultural instability when much of the wealth of Greek philosophy had been lost or forgotten. Read the first page
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John-paul Patton on 23 April 2008
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A brilliant account of the thought of a genius... passionately written, a pleasure to read... if only the church had of learnt from this man, much of the misery inflicted on humanity could have been averted... a life affirming philosophy that should be studied by anyone interested in enlightened thought.
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Excellent monograph on a key medieval philosopher 13 Oct. 2006
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John Scotus Eriugena, or 'John the Scot', was in Irish monk and Philosopher who worked in 8th century Ireland. Surprisingly from this backwater in Dark Age Europe, one of the finest minds in Western philosophy emerged.

Eriugena is something of a mystery. Little is known about his life, his education, and of his influence. Nevertheless Moran in this monograph manages to untangle fact from fiction and explains his very complex philosophy in wonderful detail.

Eriugena was a highly sophisticated idealist. In this sense he believed Mind, or rather God, was the highest reality and all comes from this. However, Eriugena was also very daring and speculative. He argued God was essentially 'nothing', from which everything comes into existence. By creating the universe God also in a strange way creates himself; a view strangely consonant with the ideas from modern physics which seem to suggest our universe emerged from a big bang and also all matter comes from particles emerging from the vacuum of space. He also argued the human mind is essentially creative of all reality, anticipating later philosophers like Kant, Berkely and Descartes who held human conciousness to be essential in the way the world is constituted for us.

Moran, himself a Professional Philosopher, explains Eriugena's system and influences in good detail, and was one of the reasons I decided to study Philosophy.
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