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Abelard and Heloise

Constant J. Mews


In Abelard and Heloise, a dual intellectual biography of Peter Abelard (1079–1142) and Heloise (d. 1164), I argue that there is a fundamental continuity to the evolution of Abelard’s thought from his early concern with dialectic, to his growing interest in theology in the 1120s and in ethical questions in the 1130s. Heloise was much more than the disciple and lover of Abelard. She emerges as a distinct thinker in her own right, deeply versed in classical ideals of friendship and ethics, which she wished to apply to her relationship to Abelard. While they have both functioned as mythic figures ... More

Keywords: Abelard, Heloise, dialectic, theology, ethics, religious reform, heresy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156881
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195156889.001.0001


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Constant J. Mews, author
Monash University
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