A Bright Light for Dark Ages: The Life and Thought of John Scotus Eriugena

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    Introduction to trying to understand time very different from our own, expression Dark Ages, 9th century, Thomas Aquinas, 13th century
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    Producing remarkable system of philosophy and theology without benefits of the 13th century, only such achievement of the 9th century
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    Born in Ireland around 810, childhood, education, origin of scotus, fluent in ancient Greek, attempting to write in Greek
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    Sometime in 840s, John left Ireland and went to France, went to king of France, Palatine, school of philosophy, Charles the 2nd, Palatine school relative of University of Paris
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    Settling of factions of predestination, resulting in him writing a book
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    Main book, widely read/celebrated as major contributor: the division of nature written around 862-866, what his highest authority ultimately is
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    Accused of being pantheist, nature, all reality, including god. Pantheism because including god in nature, a misunderstanding of John. All things striving to return to god. Plato relating to John. Abstract forms, humanity, neoplatonic philosophy
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    More on Plato theory of eternal ideas
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    Everything in nature has an essence, perfect humanity, god and humans
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    Concluding some remarks, nature ideas widely praised, eventually adopted by Albigensians, goes well with their dualistic ideas
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    Side A ends, Side B begins
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    More on divisions of nature, year 1225
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    Writers wanting to please powers-that-be, turn to Christianity but theyre philosophers first and Christians second. John wasnt believed to be one of those philosophers
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    End of lecture, applause, audience questions and discussion, closing comments