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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Great Minds of the Medieval World course
for describing the genius of the leading minds of medieval times.
Their logic and clarity of thought had great influence on their
time then and it still continues on ours now as well.

Great Minds of the Medieval World
Lectures by Professor Dorsey Armstrong

Great Minds of the Medieval World (2014) - 24 lectures, 12 hours
Great Minds of the Medieval World at TheGreatCourses.com

The medieval era was a watershed in Western history. This was a time of extraordinary advances in numerous fields of knowledge ranging from philosophy and theology to science, medicine, literature, and economics-as well as of revolutionary developments in education and the birth of the university. In its effects, this fascinating epoch was not only a time of great innovation, it was the era in which the seeds of the modern West were sown. The unique legacy of the Middle Ages appears most clearly in the lives of its intellectual giants. Between the 4th and 15th centuries, the European and Mediterranean worlds produced an astonishing spectrum of visionary thinkers who shaped the culture of their times and profoundly influenced subsequent eras, leaving their mark on history in ways that reverberate to the present day.

In this seminal period, towering figures such as Augustine of Hippo, Ambrose of Milan, and Thomas Aquinas worked to integrate the Greek philosophical tradition and the Christian theological tradition, forming a platform of thought and knowledge from which the modern Western world would take shape.

In the Middle Ages' foremost minds, we see the roots of numerous elements of today's world - from the religious thought of Gregory the Great and Rashi to the enlightened government of Charlemagne and Lorenzo de' Medici, the logical formulations of William of Ockham, and the literary creations of Dante Alighieri and Thomas Malory.

In the 24 lectures of Great Minds of the Medieval World, Professor Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University guides you on a compelling journey into the lives of the vanguard thinkers of the Middle Ages. Employing a broad definition of greatness, this course discusses the era's most outstanding innovators and visionaries whose great contributions included facilitating the achievements of others. In this remarkable gallery of great minds, you'll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, exploring their unique contributions to knowledge and the growth of our civilization.

Professor Dorsey Armstrong is Associate Professor of English at Purdue university and an expert on the legend of King Arthur. She received her A.B. in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University and Her Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from Duke University. Professor Armstrong has written extensively on Arthurian literature and Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur and is editor in chief of the celebrated academic journal Arthruiana. In addition to Arthurian literature, her research interests include medieval women writers and late medieval print culture.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Augustine of Hippo 13: Hildegard of Bingen
2: Ambrose, Jerome, and Gregory the Great 14: Bernard of Clairvaux
3: Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy 15: Abelard and Heloise
4: Isidore of Seville and the Etymologies 16: Peter Lombard and the Sentences
5: The Venerable Bede 17: Thomas Aquinas
6: Alcuin, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great 18: William of Ockham and John Duns Scotus
7: Avicenna and the Golden Age of Islam 19: Geoffrey Chaucer and Dante Alighieri
8: Alhacen and the Scientific Method 20: Francesco Petrarch
9: Averroes and Aristotelian Philosophy 21: Lorenzo de' Medici
10: Maimonides and Jewish Law 22: Christine de Pisan
11: Rashi and Biblical Interpretation 23: Sir Thomas Malory and Le Morte Darthur
12: Saladin and the Defeat of the Crusaders 24: William Caxton and the Birth of Printing


(Comment by Webmaster) The great minds of the medieval world were dominated by religious thinking. That does not make their logic and clarity of thought any less. Members of any religious or non-religious group would learn much from this course.

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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Great Minds of the Medieval World course
for describing the genius of the leading minds of medieval times.
Their logic and clarity of thought had great influence on their
time then and it still continues on ours now as well.