Who is Peter Abelard?

  • (noun): French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142).
    Synonyms: Abelard, Pierre Abelard

Peter Abelard

Peter Abelard (/ˈæb.ə.lɑːrd/; Latin: Petrus Abaelardus or Abailardus; French: Pierre Abélard, ; 1079 – 21 April 1142) was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. He also was a music composer. The story of his affair with and love for Heloise has become legendary. The Chambers Biographical Dictionary describes him as "the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century".

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French Philosophy - Medieval Period - Peter Abelard
... Peter Abelard (1079 – April 21, 1142) was a scholastic philosopher, theologian and logician ... The general importance of Abelard lies in his having fixed more decisively than anyone before him the scholastic manner of philosophizing, with the object of giving a formally rational expression to ... Outside of his dialectic, it was in ethics that Abelard showed greatest activity of philosophical thought ...
Peter Abelard - Cultural References
... Helen Waddell's novel "Peter Abélard" (1933) is loosely based on Abélard and Héloïse ... Alexander Pope's poem "Eloisa to Abelard" (1717) is written from the point of view of Héloïse in her convent ... novel by Luise Rinser, depicts the love story of Hloise and Abelard from the perspective of their son, Astrolabe ...

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