Thinking in the Middle Ages

The first post to this blog started from its name, connected to the novel The Name of the Rose. I meant to explain in that post why The Name of the Rose is connected with a deeper layer of significance, just as this blog means to explain some of the meanings present in our world to young people (in the same way as in the book there was a mentor and a novice). That is why the first post simply wanted to explain what semiotics is, as a branch that focuses on significance and that the author of the novel embedded in its meaning.

Another thread originating in the name of this blog led me to the question: what was the historical context of the story presented in the book? what did learned people think about, reflect on, philosophize on in those times? what were the concepts, the theories, the views of the world, of reality, of humanity in those times? So here you have some brief information on the philosophy of the Middle Ages.

Click on this link, which will take you to a mind map. Loading may take a while, sorry!

In this video an outline of Plato’s theory of universals, or the immortal soul

In this video a brief contrast Augustine-Aquinas, plus a general view of philosophers in the Middle Ages

About Simona Petrescu

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and studied English literature and linguistics. I taught English as a Foreign Language for over 18 years and specialised in professional communication and in Cambridge English exams. In 2011 I won the British Council / Macmillan Elton Prize for Innovative Writing with a course material pack of English for Human Resources. I have been living in Germany since 2008, where I am now dedicating most of my time to writing, both Professional English course materials and fiction. My interests lie in the area of language, communication strategies, learning psychology, but also literature, music and travel.
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