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中世纪哲学 中的信仰与理性 | Faith and Reason in Medieval Philosophy

Mag 15 at 8:30 am - 10:30 am

中世纪西方哲学研究 讲座系列
Studies in Medieval Western Philosophy Lecture Series

中世纪哲学 中的信仰与理性
Faith and Reason in Medieval Philosophy

Prof. Dunhua Zhao

Lingua: Mandarino

“中世纪”不仅是一个世界史概念,而是一个哲学概念。哲学史上,中世纪是“中间”,上承古代哲学之余绪,下开近现代 (modern) 哲学之先河。哲学史意义的中世纪哲学包括从2世纪开始的教父哲学、从11世纪开始的经院哲学,以及15-16世纪的晚期中世纪哲学。


赵敦华,卢汶天主教大学博士 (1988),北京大学博雅讲席教师,全国高校名师。他的相关中文著作包括:《圣经历史哲学》2卷 (2012),《基督教哲学1500年》(1994),《普罗丁》(1998),《中世纪哲学十讲》(2019)


“Middle Ages” is not only a concept of world history but also a philosophical concept. In the history of philosophy, the middle ages means the “medium,” which inherited the ancient philosophy and started the modern philosophy. Medieval philosophy includes the patristic philosophy from the 2nd century, scholasticism from the 11th century, and the late medieval philosophy from the 15th to the 16th century. In these three stages, religious faith and Greek philosophy were combined and remained in tension. The relationship between faith and reason is the pivot of other philosophical issues.

We can see such a regular phenomenon: in the important turning period of medieval philosophy, there will always be three kinds of positions: the feudalists, the rationalists and the comprehensives. The feudalist often have the upper hand temporarily, but the comprehensives always win in the end. In the patristic period, the feudalists initially manifested themselves as Biblical fundamentalism, while the rationalists represented by the gnostic heresy, and the rationalism represented by Augustine finally gained the orthodox status. During the birth of scholasticism, the conflict between rationalists and feudalists was manifested in the opposition between dialectics and anti-dialectics. The dialectical theology represented by St. Anselm integrated the two and became orthodox. After the introduction of Aristotelianism in the 13th century, rationalists and feudalists showed the conflict between Latin Avelloism and Bonaventunism, and Thomism which integrated the positions of the two schools, finally gained the orthodox status. In the late Middle Ages, Ockhamism caused the separation of scholasticism, while humanism revived the Greek Roman rational culture. The theology of “only faith” of the reformists opened up the way for early modern philosophy.

Zhao Dunhua is a Boya Chair Professor at Peking University, National Teaching Celebrities in Higher Education. He received Ph.D. at KU Leuven in 1988. His books written in Chinese related to the topic of this lecture include The Philosophy of Biblical History, 2 vols. (2012), Christian Philosophy in 1500 Years (1994), Plotinus (1998), Ten Lectures on Mediaeval Philosophy (2019).

This lecture is the second in a series on Western Medieval Philosophy co-sponsored by the Angelicum Thomistic Institut and the Beijing Global Gateway and the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame in the United States.


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