Thursday, May 17, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 11th sacred

The Beginning of Scholasticism

Realism - the categories that we use (dog, cat, table) are real, and the things we see are only reflections of those “real” things
Nominalism - the categories that we use are only “names” and reflect how we categorize the things we see

Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109
- selected, then exiled by William Rufus - he brought Aristotelian logic into the study of religion, for good and bad - “Anselm ... deserves recognition for having saved Christianity from irrationalism and the absurdity of illogical and self-contradictory suppositions. For example there were Christian spokesman who, ..., said he [God] could do anything, such as change the past, make a square circle, or fashion a finite stick without ends.”

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