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Scholarly Community at the Early University of Paris: Theologians, Education and Society 1215-1248

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Date: 11 June 2014
Time: 4pm
Venue: Harvard Room, Trinity College, The University of Western Australia
RSVP: Pam Bond at Tel: +61 8 6488 3858 or pam.bond@uwa.edu.au

Please join CHE to celebrate the publication of Scholarly Community at the Early University of Paris: Theologians, Education and Society 1215-1248 by Postdoctoral Research Fellow Spencer Young.

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This book explores the ways in which theologians at the early University of Paris promoted the development of this new centre of education into a prominent institution within late medieval society. Drawing upon a range of evidence, including many theological texts available only in manuscripts, Spencer Young uncovers a vibrant intellectual community engaged in debates on such issues as the viability of Aristotle’s natural philosophy for Christian theology, the implications of the popular framework of the seven deadly sins for spiritual and academic life, the social and religious obligations of educated masters, and poor relief. Integrating the intellectual and institutional histories of the Faculty of Theology, Young demonstrates the historical significance of these discussionsfor both the university and the thirteenth- century church. He also reveals the critical role played by many of the early university’s lesser-known members in one of the most transformative periods in the history of higher education.

For more information on this title, please visit the CUP website: www.cambridge.org/SCUP1