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Author Shank, Michael H., author

Title "Unless you believe, you shall not understand" : logic, university, and society in late medieval Vienna / Michael H. Shank
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1988]


Description 1 online resource (276 pages)
Series Princeton Legacy Library
Princeton legacy library.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Bibliographic Abbreviations -- Critical Symbols -- CHAPTER ONE. Vienna and the Rise of Its University -- CHAPTER TWO. Intellectual Life in the Revived University -- CHAPTER THREE. On Paralogisms in Trinitarian Doctrine (i): The Early Fourteenth Century -- CHAPTER FOUR. Trinitarian Paralogisms Come to Vienna: Henry of Oyta and Henry of Langenstein -- CHAPTER FIVE. On Paralogisms in Trinitarian Doctrine (s): The Viennese Students -- CHAPTER SIX. Langenstein and the Viennese Jews -- CHAPTER SEVEN. "Unless You Believe, You Shall Not Understand" -- Conclusion -- APPENDIX. The Notebook of Johannes Bremis -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Founded in 1365, not long after the Great Plague ravaged Europe, the University of Vienna was revitalized in 1384 by prominent theologians displaced from Paris--among them Henry of Langenstein. Beginning with the 1384 revival, Michael Shank explores the history of the university and its ties with European intellectual life and the city of Vienna. In so doing he links the abstract discussions of university theologians with the burning of John Hus and Jerome of Prague at the Council of Constance (1415-16) and the destruction of the Jewish community of Lower Austria (1421). Like most other scholars of the period, Henry of Langenstein (d. 1397) at one time believed that Aristotle's syllogistic was universally valid even in Trinitarian theology. In touch with the vibrant Jewish community in Vienna, Langenstein had high hopes of converting its members by logical argument. When he failed in his purpose, he lost his confidence in Aristotle's syllogistic as a universal tool of apologetics and handmaiden to Trinitarian theology. ("Unless you believe, you shall not understand," he quoted from Isaiah, in order to express his change of opinion.) During the next generation, the intellectual climate at the university changed from academic openness to increasing rigidity, and theologians turned from argument to persecution. Originally published in 1988. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-248) and index
Notes In English
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Subject Heinrich, von Langenstein, approximately 1325-1397.
SUBJECT Heinrich, von Langenstein, approximately 1325-1397
Heinrich, von Langenstein, approximately 1325-1397 fast
Subject Universität Wien -- History
SUBJECT Universität Wien fast
Subject Apologetics -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Logic, Medieval.
Trinity -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Christianity and other religions -- Judaism.
Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity.
RELIGION -- Theology.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Apologetics.
Apologetics -- Middle Ages
Interfaith relations
Logic, Medieval
Trinity -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages
SUBJECT Vienna (Austria) -- Church history
Subject Austria -- Vienna
Genre/Form Church history
Form Electronic book
LC no. 87036889
ISBN 9781400859429