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L’image d’Aristote et la construction des modèles intellectuels au XIIIe siècle (2014)


An anonymous quodlibetic question, discussed around 1310 in Italy and devoted to the posthumous fate of Aristotle, denies him any hope of eternal rest, while proposing pro and contra arguments. Although apparently peremptory, the solution of the problem leads to other paths in the history of ideas and mentalities of the scholastic age. In the 13th century, the figure of the Philosopher, more than his doctrines, arouses the interest and stimulates the imagination of a literate public that goes beyond the academic classes. By expanding the dossier with texts of different natures and origins, I present the procedures used at the time to construct a model of the scholar and of science by metonymy. "Rule of all truth", "almost Christian" for some, "the worst of metaphysicians", proud miscreant for others, Aristotle is one of these ambiguous models, like any key figure of a growing culture, a model that lent itself to multiple interpretations, despite imposed doctrines, censorship or intellectual habits.

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Authors & Contributors
Biard, Joël
Jung-Palczewska, Eliżbieta
Klein-Braslavy, Sara
Weijers, Olga
Sirat, Colette
Caroti, Stefano
Vivarium: Journal for Mediaeval Philosophy and the Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages
European Legacy
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes. Journal of medieval and humanistic studies
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
J. Vrin
Agorà & Co.
Franco Angeli
Science and religion
Nicholas d'Autrecourt
Levi Ben Gershon
Buridan, Jean
Petrus de Abano
Burley, Walter
Time Periods
14th century
13th century
16th century
15th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Paris (France)
Université de Paris
Oxford University

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