Chaucers Philosophical Visions Kathryn L. Lynch

ISBN: 9780859916004

Published: November 9th 2000

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186 pages


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Chaucers Philosophical Visions  by  Kathryn L. Lynch

Chaucers Philosophical Visions by Kathryn L. Lynch
November 9th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 186 pages | ISBN: 9780859916004 | 7.58 Mb

Chaucers Philosophical Visions dramatically extends our sense of the fourteenth-century poets philosophical interests and learning.Arguing that Chaucer was well acquainted with late medieval English Scholasticism, this book offers new readings ofMoreChaucers Philosophical Visions dramatically extends our sense of the fourteenth-century poets philosophical interests and learning.Arguing that Chaucer was well acquainted with late medieval English Scholasticism, this book offers new readings of four of his earliest major poems, the dream visions: the Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Parliament of Fowls, and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women.

By resituating these poems within the genre of the philosophical vision (epitomized by Boethiuss Consolation of Philosophy), these readings demonstrate Chaucers interest in metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. Indeed, the only intellectual idiom available to Chaucer for exploring the way that the human mind works and the way that words work to express human reality was philosophical language, a language that Chaucer employed with the same technical acumen that he brought to other contemporary learned traditions, like astronomy and natural science.

KATHRYN L. LYNCH is the Katharine Lee Bates and Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.



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