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Scholasticism: A Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford

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Scholasticism: A Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford is a comprehensive and informative exploration of the history, influence, and significance of scholasticism in medieval philosophy. Walter Waddington Shirley provides a detailed analysis of the key principles and doctrines of scholasticism, tracing its development from its roots in ancient philosophy to its flourishing in the Middle Ages.

Shirley's lecture is well-researched and engaging, offering readers a clear understanding of the complex and nuanced debates that characterized scholastic thought. He presents a balanced perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of scholasticism, highlighting its enduring legacy in shaping Western intellectual traditions.

One of the strengths of Shirley's lecture is his ability to make this dense and abstract philosophical tradition accessible to a general audience. He breaks down complex ideas into easily digestible concepts, providing clear explanations and examples to illustrate his points.

Overall, Scholasticism: A Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of philosophy and the development of Western thought. Shirley's scholarly approach and thoughtful analysis make this lecture a must-read for students, scholars, and anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of medieval philosophy and intellectual history.

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Walter Waddington Shirley was made Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford in 1863. This short work comprises the text of a lecture he gave at Oxford University in January, 1866. In it, he describes the historical setting in which scholasticism flourished and then summarizes its features. - Summary by Barry Ganong

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