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A Theology of Higher Education$
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Mike Higton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199643929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643929.001.0001

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(p.13) 1 Paris
A Theology of Higher Education

Mike Higton

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats the emergence of the University of Paris, and is directed against certain existing mythologizations of that episode. Specifically, it argues that the rationality or reasonableness of Parisian intellectual practice cannot be regarded as running in inverse proportion to the measure of its religiosity or devotion. Indeed, something closer to the opposite is true: Parisian intellectual practice is rational or reasonable because, and insofar as, it is devoutly Christian. This argument prepares the way for the claim later in the book that reason is akin to discipleship, and that university education properly takes the form of induction into a spiritual discipline.

Keywords:   medieval university, University of Paris, Abelard, Anselm of Canterbury, meditatio, disputatio, lectio, Christian devotion, scholasticism

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