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date: 18 February 2020

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This article explores the view that the two centuries beginning in 1350 lead a double life in the history of philosophy and provide an epilogue to Histories of medieval philosophy, usually a short article by comparison with the preceding section, and one that tells a story of decline. The same period, sometimes extended to 1600, forms the entire subject for what is called “Renaissance philosophy” and has its own Histories. Medieval philosophy is, at least to some extent, discussed philosophically. Renaissance philosophy tends rather to be the preserve of scholars with a strong interest in the history of ideas, religion, culture, and the transmission of ancient sources, and less in the detailed arguments and their analysis. Another issue that cuts across the usual categories concerns the relationship between Christian doctrine and the tradition of philosophy.

Keywords: Renaissance philosophy, medieval philosophy, Latin Europe, Christian doctrine

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