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Composing the WorldHarmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos$
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Andrew Hicks

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658205.001.0001

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Harmonizing the World

Harmonizing the World

Natural Philosophy and Order

(p.29) 1 Harmonizing the World
Composing the World

Andrew Hicks

Oxford University Press

This chapter centers upon a single common definition of the universe as “an ordered collection of all created entities.” Careful consideration of the implications of such a definition, particularly the meaning of the regulating concept of “order,” results in the articulation of a secularized view of nature as “enmattered vitalism,” the totality of natural forces and their interrelationships immanent within material creation. Many twelfth-century philosophers sharply differentiated two questions: “who made the world?” and “how was the world made?” The first is the province of theology, the second that of natural philosophy. The cosmologists’ quest for a philosophy of nature entailed both a close listening to the world around them and a careful read of the ancient sources they strove to understand.

Keywords:   natural philosophy, nature, Calcidius, Abelard, metaphysics, microcosm, macrocosm

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