The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts

Edward Grant


The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts

The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts

  • Title: The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts
  • Author: Edward Grant
  • ISBN: 9780521567626
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback



Contrary to prevailing opinion, the roots of modern science were planted in the ancient and medieval worlds long before the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century This volume illustrates the developments and discoveries that culminated in the Revolution.


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The slow dissemination and eventual dominance of Christianity throughout the Greco-Roman Empire (100-300 A.D.) led to a mixture of attitudes towards the Christian and pagan ways of learning. While some were hostile to science and philosophy, claiming them to be subversive and hazardous to faith, others like the Christian apologists argued that Christianity could profitably utilize pagan Greek philosophy and scientific studies. This became known as the handmaiden theory—that is, that philosophy [...]

Książka Edwarda Granta jest opisem procesów które doprowadziły do rewolucji naukowej w nowożytności. Wbrew popularnym opiniom średniowiecze było ważnym okresem dla rozwoju nauki. Gdyby nie tłumaczenia dzieł grecko-arabskich, gdyby nie powstanie uniwersytetów w średniowieczu oraz teologów-filozofów, najprawdopodobniej nie doszłoby do rewolucji naukowej. Nowożytność bogato czerpała z osiągnięć średniowiecznych scholastyków. Bardzo ważny był średniowieczny klimat intele [...]

Grant argues that the Scientific Revolution could not have taken place without advances in science in medieval Europe from the twelfth century forward. While granting that foundations of science existed in other cultures and that Europe drew on earlier scientific advances in those cultures, Grant argues that the unique combination of factors that made the scientific revolution possible only existed in post-medieval Europe. He particularly points to three factors, the translation of Greek and Ara [...]

a prize for a medieval science fair I entered

The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages:Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts by Edward Grant (1996)


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