Personal Turning Point

In his introductory remarks to what soon becomes an incredibly dense exposition of the logical-metaphysical thought of Peter Abelard (1079-1144), John Marenbon concludes his recitation of the story of Abelard’s abortive romance with Heloise (aborted by her uncle who sent a gang of thugs to castrate the the philosopher) with this pithy remark: “The castration was a turning point for him personally and intellectually.”:”(Medieval Philosophy: An Historical and Philosophical Introduction [London and New York: Routledge, 2007], pg. 135.)”:

Apparently one doesn’t have to lose one’s sense of humor to be a philosopher.


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