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The Didascalicon (On the Study of Reading) of Hugh of Saint Victor
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Author:    Taylor, Jerome

Title:   The Didascalicon (On the Study of Reading) of Hugh of Saint Victor

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Columbia University Press October 1991

ISBN Number:    0231096305 / 9780231096300

Seller ID:   136759

''Renaissance Man.'' A term we've come to identify with those able, insatiable, diversified individuals who find all things interesting, all disciplines compelling, eyes and ears, hands and hearts open to all the world can offer. Hugh of St. Victor (1096?-1141) is the prototype, the true twelfth-century Renaissance Man, albeit one who sought to lend coherence to insatiability and diversification. This is his book, his instruction manual to learning and to what matters for us to learn. The means are clear: ''The things by which every man advances in knowledge are principally two -- namely, reading and meditation. Of these, reading holds first place in instruction, and it is of reading that this book treats... first, each should know what he ought to read; second, in what order he ought to read; and third, in what manner he ought to read.'' Then, beginning with ''Concerning the Origin of the Arts'' through six books arriving at the multiple senses for the understanding of Sacred Scripture, Hugh walks us through the broad spectrum of sacred and secular texts that ought to be imbibed and lived, and just how this ought to be done, advancing a thoroughly Christian vision of knowledge against secularist inroads being felt even in the twelfth century. Remarkable. Caroline Walker Bynum has said of it: ''this treatise offers a vision of human knowledge as an integrated whole that works to perfect the human person. It is a crucial text for those interested in the study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, in the history of schools and pedagogy, and in the survival of the classical tradition in the West.''

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