Review by Choice Review
This collection of essays on the philosophy and theology of 14th-century Franciscan friar William of Ockham is a welcome addition to the 35 prior volumes in the "Cambridge Companions to Philosophy" series. William of Ockham is only the second thinker chosen from the Middle Ages for the series, the other being Thomas Aquinas. As Spade (Indiana Univ.) notes, however, it is hoped that the inclusion of Ockham will bring to the modern reader a realization that the Middle Ages--by far the longest single period among the divisions of Western intellectual history--was a time of intense intellectual philosophical activity. The essays in this volume, by a team of international scholars, are all first-rate and cover the entire scope of Ockham's extensive writings on logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics, physics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and theology. The essays are carefully written, inviting the interest of the neophyte student of medieval thought (which can, indeed, seem obscure to a modern reader) while at the same time retaining an exceedingly high standard of scholarship with copious references to the new edition of Ockham's writings (Opera Philosophica et Theologica, 17 vols., 1967-1988). Excellent bibliography and index. Recommended for all readers. P. A. Streveler; West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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