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Chartres, School of

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B026-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

In the first half of the twelfth century, the most advanced work in teaching and discussion of logic, philosophy and theology took place in the schools attached to the great cathedrals. Chartres was undoubtedly one of the more important of these schools, and Gilbert of Poitiers and Thierry of Chartres were certainly connected with it. To some historians, Chartres was the great intellectual centre of the period, and the greatest achievement of early twelfth-century thought was a brand of Platonism distinctive of this school. However, this view has been challenged by scholars who stress the pre-eminence of Paris, where the schools emphasized logic.

Citing this article:
Marenbon, John. Chartres, School of, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B026-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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