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Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz

John Marenbon


From the turn of the fifth century to the beginning of the eighteenth, Christian writers were fascinated and troubled by the ‘Problem of Paganism’, which this book identifies and examines for the first time. How could the wisdom and virtue of the great thinkers of antiquity be reconciled with the fact that they were pagans and, many thought, damned? Related questions were raised by encounters with contemporary pagans in northern Europe, Mongolia, and, later, America and China. This book explores how writers — philosophers and theologians, but also poets such as Dante, Chaucer, and Langland, an ... More

Keywords: Paganism, pagans, pagan wisdom, pagan virtue, relativism, Aristotelians, Christian teachers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691142555
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Marenbon, author
Trinity College, University of Cambridge