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Title: Absolute Beginners: Der mittelalterliche Beitrag zu einem Ausgang vom Unbedingten
Author: Goris, Wouter
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004162150
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxii, 298
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Absolute Beginners adopts a variety of approaches to study the Absolute as the ultimate source of knowledge in medieval philosophy. From a historical perspective, it examines a forerunner of Spinoza's departure from the Absolute in the Ethics: the doctrine of God as a first object in the generation of knowledge, as formulated by Henry of Ghent (+1293) and Richard Conington (+1330). Methodologically, it offers a case-study in the construction of an historical object, calling into question the self-evident and spontaneous way in which elements in the history of philosophy--its concepts and theories--are presented as primary givens. In a systematic sense, this study includes a reflection on structural indeterminacy, as pervading and stabilizing the differential system of exclusions which makes up the doctrine of God as a first object in the generation of knowledge.