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Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B120-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Hildegard of Bingen saw herself as a prophet sent by God to awaken an age in which great troubles were besieging the Church and people no longer understood Scripture. She tried to alleviate the first problem by writing letters to secular and religious leaders and preaching against those she saw as the culprits, and to this end she undertook preaching tours throughout Germany, preaching in cathedrals, monasteries and synods. Her writings, primarily interpretations of her own visions, address the second problem by trying to cast a new light on Christian revelation through illustrating it with original vivid imagery and personifications of abstract concepts. Though her works are not, for the most part, clearly philosophical, Hildegard does show philosophical insight.

Citing this article:
Murphy, Claudia Eisen. Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B120-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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