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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard E. Rubenstein Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781449801984
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Europe was in the long slumber of the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten, until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. His ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas sparked riots and heresy trials, caused major upheavals in the Catholic Church, and also set the stage for today's rift between reason and religion. In Aristotle's Children, Richard Rubenstein transports us back in history, rendering the controversies of the Middle Ages lively and accessible-and allowing us to understand the philosophical ideas that are fundamental to modern thought. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/5/2014

    " There is a lot of interesting material here in the first seven chapters--the author describes how Aristotle's work was largely lost in the West, how it was preserved in the Islamic world, and then translated in the 11th century in Muslim Spain and brought back to Latin Western Europe. He relates the development of Aristotelian thought in the high medieval Church, its impact on the growth of scholastic thought in the universities, its entanglement in controversies between the Dominicans and the Franciscans, and its eventual ossification as the Catholic status quo by the end of the middle ages. A number of the author's observations on the general medieval historical framework in which Aristotelian intellectual took place are rather suspect, and the final chapter about "faith vs reason" in our own times does not add much to the book, Recommended for you medievalists out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Sabol | 1/22/2014

    " wonderful "pop" narrative of what happens to Aristotle's texts and philosophy through the medieval period. Very clear and compelling writing, and nice coherent storyline. Not a scholarly book, but reasonable explanations of lots of tough stuff. Could have used a bit more substance on the Augustine part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/9/2014

    " It's fascinating to find out that actual stuff went on between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. Interesting stuff, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/21/2013

    " Very enlightening and topical for today's issues with faith and science, inter-cultural understanding, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Koenen | 10/31/2013

    " Great study of how Aristotle was re-discovered, admired, adopted and transmitted through the working and cooperation of Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Middle Ages. Great story of how these diverse religions could pursue common truth and common goals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/17/2013

    " Not as readable as you might have been told it is, but if you're looking for a "quick and dirty" way to follow the impact of Classical thought on Medieval/Renaissance thought, this is the way to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Wamser | 8/2/2013

    " Well written examination of the effort of the Scholastic philosophers to marry religion and faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 7/16/2013

    " Good book about what the subtitle says, how the works of Aristotle were rediscovered in Europe and the effect that had on transforming thought in the middle ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linksbard | 1/14/2013

    " Superb history of philosophy and well reasoned exposition of western prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookman8 | 2/24/2012

    " A well done book on the effect Aristotle's natural science had on theology after it was "refound" in Spain where it had been safely kept by the Turks until the middle ages. A very good historical and philosophical study of the eventual attempt to reconcile faith and reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/24/2011

    " There was a time when Muslims, Christians and Jews worked side by side to understand the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stedmo | 5/25/2011

    " good non-fiction history of the travels of Aristotles thought. interesting info on Boethius & Peter of Ablhard "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 4/26/2011

    " A must read for anyone who wants to understand the spread of knowledge from the ancient world to the modern world. This book changed much of what I was taught in school and helps explain the complexities of our current world of 'knowledge'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 3/11/2011

    " About time someone wrote an insightful book like this. kinda reminds me of Eugen Jarecki's American Way of War. will add my rating when I am finished reading. more later "

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About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.