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Pagans and PhilosophersThe Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz$
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John Marenbon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142555

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142555.001.0001

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John of Salisbury and the Encyclopaedic Tradition

John of Salisbury and the Encyclopaedic Tradition

(p.95) Chapter 6 John of Salisbury and the Encyclopaedic Tradition
Pagans and Philosophers

John Marenbon

Princeton University Press

This chapter details John of Salisbury's role in addressing the Problem of Paganism. For him, as for Abelard, who was briefly his teacher, the Problem of Paganism is a constant concern, which is addressed explicitly. Unlike Abelard, however, John does not make his own views on it immediately obvious. The chapter considers two of his works, the Indicator of the Doctrines of the Philosophers (Entheticus de dogmate philosophorum, c. 1155), and the Policraticus (c. 1159). The Policraticus in particular is placed at the beginning of an important side-stream in the medieval treatment of ancient philosophers: the encyclopaedic accounts of the lives and sayings of the philosophers.

Keywords:   John of Salisbury, Entheticus de dogmate philosophorum, Policraticus, encyclopaedic tradition, Problem of Paganism, Peter Abelard

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