Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz

2016.02.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Marenbon, Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz, Princeton University Press, 2015,
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2016.02.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Marenbon, Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz, Princeton University Press, 2015, 354pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780691142555. Reviewed by Brian Copenhaver, The University of California, Los Angeles This is an excellent book on an important subject conceived in an original way. John Marenbon names his topic in the title, the 'problem of paganism,' and he sets it in the period between Augustine and Leibniz -- the Long Middle Ages. The project lives up to its scope and ambition. Marenbon has written an engaging and compelling history of an intriguing philosophical issue à la longue durée, which for Anglophone philosophers is unusual: most accounts of philosophy's past by contemporary practitioners are micro-stories or nano-stories. This is a macro-story and a superb one. Marenbon's previous accomplishments help explain why he has done the job so well: not only his. . .

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