- The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy
- The Late Ancient Background to Medieval Philosophy
- Greek Philosophy
- Arabic Philosophy and Theology before Avicenna
- Avicenna and Afterwards
- Averroes and Philosophy in Islamic Spain
- Medieval Jewish Philosophy in Arabic
- Jewish Philosophy in Hebrew
- Latin Philosophy to 1200
- Latin Philosophy, 1200–1350
- Latin Philosophy, 1350–1550
- Medieval Philosophy after the Middle Ages
- Logical Form
- Logical Consequence
- Meaning: Foundational and Semantic Theories
- Mental Language
- States of Affairs
- Parts, Wholes and Identity
- Material Substance
- Mind and Hylomorphism
- Body and Soul
- Scepticism and Metaphysics
- Freedom of the Will
- Moral Intention
- Virtue and Law
- Natural Law
- Arguments for the Existence of God
- Philosophy and the Trinity
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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.
John Marenbon is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. His publications include Abelard (Cambridge University Press, 1987); Boethius (Oxford University Press, 2003) and Medieval Philosophy: An Historical and Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2007).
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