This second class in the History of Christian Thought sequence deals with the period from Late Antiquity until the end of the Early Middle Ages, stretching roughly from 450 through 1350. The following authors and themes will be analysed and discussed:
1. The transition from Roman antiquity to the medieval period: Boethius and Cassiodorus
2. The rise of asceticism in the West: the Rule of St. Benedict and Gregory the Great
3. Connecting East and West: Dionysius the Areopagite and John Scottus Eriugena
4. Monastic and Scholastic paragons: Anselm of Canterbury, Peter Abelard
5. High-medieval monastic developments: Cistercians (Bernard of Clairvaux) and Victorines (Hugh and Richard of St. Victor), beguines (Hadewijch) and mendicants (Bonaventure).
6. Scholastic synthesis and spiritual alternatives: Thomas Aquinas, Marguerite Porete and Eckhart
Ident. THEO 30200/HIST 31902