The New Middle Ages

The Philosophy of Piers Plowman

The Ethics and Epistemology of Love in Late Medieval Thought

Authors: Strong, David

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  • Pioneers a fresh and unique reading of Piers Plowman through the lens of philosophyDemonstrates the vitality of philosophical themes in connection to late medieval literature, particularly Piers Plowman and philosophers such as John Duns Scotus and William of OckhamOffers findings relevant to literary scholars, philosophy scholars, and historians of culture and religion. 

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This book examines William Langland’s late medieval poem, The Vision of Piers Plowman, in light of contemporary intellectual thought. David Strong argues that where the philosophers John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham revolutionize the view of human potential through their theories of epistemology, ethics, and freedom of the will, Langland vivifies these ideas by contextualizing them in an individual’s search for truth and love. Specifically, the text ponders the intersection between reason and the will in expressing love. While scholars have consistently noted the text’s indebtedness to these higher strains of thought, this is the first book-length study in over thirty years that explores the depth of this interconnection, and the only one that considers the salience of both Scotus and Ockham. It is essential reading for medieval literary specialists and students as well as any cultural historian who desires to augment their knowledge of truth and love.

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David Strong is Associate Professor, University of Texas at Tyler. His articles have appeared in Modern Philology, Philosophy and Literature, and Medievalia et Humanistica.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophy of Piers Plowman
Book Subtitle
The Ethics and Epistemology of Love in Late Medieval Thought
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51981-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51981-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51980-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84791-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 224
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