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Notes on the Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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Notes on the Letters of Abelard and Heloise 250

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These notes cover the class lectures about Abelard and Heloise
Medieval & Reformation
Professor Holland
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Date Created: 09/26/16
Letters of Abelard and Heloise  Peter Abelard (1079­1142) o Books:   Sic et Non (Yes and No)  Educational, taught about philosophy  Used as a school manual  About resolving apparent contradictions through  synthesis   Mostly centered around theological contradictions  o Used arguments by respected Church Fathers  Ethics, or Know Thyself   Treatise on the Nature of Sin o Where does sin arise from  o Sin is not apart of human nature  What is apart of human nature is the  vulnerability to sin (propensity or  susceptibility   Sin is an individual act and therefore the  individual acts cannot be used to make  overarching statements about human  nature o Humans are susceptible to temptation;  temptation is an opportunity for either sin or  virtue.  Sin is willfully giving into the temptation to sin, if the intention or will isn’t there  then it isn’t sin. If the intention is there  but the act is not committed, then it is  still sin. o Life and Career: (in context of my calamities)  Has brothers and sisters, was the eldest son and gave  inheritance away to study   Minor Nobility:  Hyper­awareness of position in nobility hierarchy,  closer you are to the bottom the more resentment  there is and the more of a need to distinguish  themselves from the caste below them because of  their close proximity  Family has a military history, Abelard carries into his studies a certain military attitude  Brilliant scholar and charismatic teacher   Both of parents entered into religious orders  Suggestion about what is proper once a family and  legacy is established? o Good insurance for one’s soul, enter into  religious culture towards end of life to secure  your soul o Equivalent of a retirement home?  Abelard blames his poor temperament on his native soil,  ancestry, and his native ability for learning  William of Champeaux, was teacher at the cloisters of  Notre Dame (incredibly famous and respected)  1103 Abelard becomes a teaching master  Abelard’s resentment toward Anselm of Laon is because he was the student of Anselm of Bec, he just memorized his  lessons and repeated them without understanding the actual material. The crime being not understanding the wisdom  and not expanding on the legacy of his predecessor  Received a challenge from Laon’s students to try his  hand at theology  This is how Abelard started his journey to become a  theologian th o St. Benedict 6  century Roman Monk  Monk and Abbot  Well­Educated and had a potentially promising secular  career ahead of him   Became an ascetic  2  Renounced the world o Women, wine, luxury, comfort, contact with  the world o Became a hermit in the foothills   Complete and individual isolation didn’t  work towards his goal of ultimately  worshipping and devoting his life  completely to God  So he created the concept of a monastery, a community of monks, “hermits living  together”  Made a written rule about monasticism o Subject of the letters of direction in Heloise and Abelard’s letters 3


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