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Peter Abelard


Who is Peter Abelard?

Peter Abelard a.k.a. Pierre Abélard: Peter Abelard was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. He was also a composer. His affair with and love for Héloïse d'Argenteuil has become legendary. The Chambers Biographical Dictionary describes him as "the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century".


  1. "Peter Abelard" a.k.a. "Peter Abélard" is a book by Joseph McCabe.
    • also known as "Peter Abélard", Peter Abélard
  2. "Peter Abelard" is a book by Helen Waddell.
    • also known as "Peter Abelard (Fiction - General)"; "Peter Abelard, a novel"; "Peter Abelard; a novel"
    • genres: Biography, Autobiography
    • subjects: France, History
  3. "Peter Abelard" is a book by Georgy Fedotov.
    • also known as "Peter Abelard: the personality, self-consciousness and thought of a martyr of enlightenment"
    • subject: France

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Google previewProgress of Nations (1912)

An Account of the Progress of Civilization

McCabe's Peter Abelard is a good account of the origin of the University of Paris. Interesting documents describing the life at that university in the thirteenth century are to be found in Pennsylvania Reprints, vol. II, 3, The Medieval Student.

Google previewKnights Templar Encyclopedia (2007)

The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events, and Symbols of the Order of the Temple by Karen Ralls

The brilliant French philosopher and theologian Peter Abelard (1079–1142) also taught in Paris and became master of the school of the cathedral of Notre Dame. 15 A key influence in the Scholastic movement, and contemporary with.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medieval Literature (2013)

by Laura C. Lambdin, Robert T. Lambdin

A philosopher and theologian, Peter Abelard openly disagreed with many of the foremost contemporary scholars, generating some innovative ideas and dialectic techniques. Abelard was born in Pallet, a village about ten miles east of Nantes ...

Google previewEvangelical Dictionary of Theology (2001)

by Walter A. Elwell

Peter Abelard;

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Christian Literature (2010)

by George Thomas Kurian, James D. Smith III

PETER ABELARD (ca. 1079–ca. 1142). French. Brilliant, controversial, and daring thinker. Developed the art of logical argument (dialectic) to study Scripture . Was a founder of Scholasticism (the systematic use of reason to discover truth).

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The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth. (Peter Abelard)
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