Fans of Philosophy or Religious Studies. I read this book to understand how philosophy fared during the Dark Ages. The interesting angle Marenbon explores is that scholars of Late Antiquity the Dark Ages had a few ancient texts to work with but not all of them.
For example, they had Plato's Timaeus but nothing else by him. As a result, Plato's overall philosophy could not be understood.
With only a handful of ancient texts at their disposal it was difficult to distinguish Platonism from neo-Platonism, and to separate philosophy from I read this book to understand how philosophy fared during the Dark Ages. With only a handful of ancient texts at their disposal it was difficult to distinguish Platonism from neo-Platonism, and to separate philosophy from theology as separate pursuits.
In the preface Marenbon, as a matter of scholarship, questions the value of trying to impose this distinction anyway, although he does attempt it in the text. I'm glad to report that the author did a good job explaining how this gap in Western philosophy transpired.
His book is lucid and easy to read. Feb 13, Elizabeth rated it liked it. A little hard to read, but then my main interest is not philosophy. Works well when paired with a broader overview like Colish's Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, which is how I read it.
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