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404127.  Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:02 pm Reply with quote

Robert Grosseteste (ca. 11681253), Bishop of Lincoln from 1235 to 1253, was one of the most prominent and remarkable figures in thirteenth-century English intellectual life. He was a man of many talents: commentator and translator of Aristotle and Greek patristic thinkers, philosopher, theologian, and student of nature. He was heavily influenced by Augustine, whose thought permeates his writings and from whom he drew a Neoplatonic outlook. But he was also one of the first to make extensive use of the thought of Aristotle, Avicenna and Averroes. He developed a highly original and imaginative account of the generation and fundamental nature of the physical world in terms of the action of light, and composed a number of short works regarding optics and other natural phenomena, as well as works of philosophy and theology. As bishop, he was an important figure in English ecclesiastical life, focusing his energies on rooting out abuses of the pastoral care, which in later life he traced to the papacy itself. He made a powerful impression on his contemporaries and subsequent thinkers at Oxford, and has been hailed as an inspiration to scientific developments in fourteenth-century Oxford.

There is too much to write about this chap so you may read more about him on the above link or here:

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404295.  Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:19 pm Reply with quote

Isn't he connected in someway to William Blake? I will have a good read of all that when I'm fresher tomorrow. Cool stuff though Djgordy.

404344.  Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:25 am Reply with quote

I'm not aware of any particular connection between Grosseteste and Blake.

404386.  Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:38 am Reply with quote

he was also one of the first to make extensive use of the thought of Aristotle, Avicenna and Averroes.

Was he working on an early draft of the A series for QI?

404397.  Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:50 am Reply with quote

Yes he was doing that very thing. He was a man 750 ahead of his time.

404409.  Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:05 am Reply with quote

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What a guy!
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