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Gilbert of Poitiers (c.1085–1154)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B045-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Gilbert’s most important work is his commentary on the theological treatises of Boethius. His contemporaries valued him not only as a theologian but also as a philosopher, especially as a logician. Their estimation was well-founded. Although today we possess only theological writings from his own hand, these allow us to reconstruct a body of rich and independent philosophical thought.

The most salient characteristic of Gilbert’s thought is the precise, analytical reflection that he brought to bear on the linguistic and conceptual means by which we think about whatever exists. In Gilbert’s thought, two things go hand in hand: a philosophy of the concrete and the particular and an intellectual viewpoint whose conceptual resources are manifestly Platonist. In the history of philosophy, these two things are not usually found together.

Citing this article:
Jacobi, Klaus. Gilbert of Poitiers (c.1085–1154), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B045-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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