213. On the Shoulders of Giants: Philosophy at Chartres

Posted on 1 March 2015

The controversial role of Chartres in the philosophical Renaissance of the twelfth century.

Further Reading

• I. Ronca and M. Curr (trans.), William of Conches: A Dialogue on Natural Philosophy (Dragmaticon Philosophiae) (Notre Dame: 1997).


• J. Cadden, “Science and Rhetoric in the Middle Ages: the Natural Philosophy of William of Conches,” Journal of the History of Ideas 56 (1995), 1-24.

• P.E. Dutton, Bernard of Chartres: Glosae super Platonem (Toronto: 1991).

• P. Ellard, The Sacred Cosmos: Theological, Philosophical and Scientific Conversations in the Twelfth-Century School of Chartres (2007: Scranton).

• E. Jeauneau, Rethinking The School of Chartres (Toronto: 2009).

• A. Hicks, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Cosmos (Oxford: 2017).

• J. Newell, “Rationalism at the School of Chartres,” Vivarium 21 (1983), 108-26.

• R.W. Southern, Medieval Humanism and Other Studies (Oxford: 1970).

• W. Wetherbee, Platonism and Poetry in the Twelfth Century (Princeton: 1972).


T. Franke 1 March 2015

Let me point to some helpful pages about the "School" of Chartres:

- A perfect overview over the Chartrians on the University of Notre Dame page.

- Manuscripts of the Chartrians.

- An acceptable video showing the figures at Chartres cathedreal step-by-step.

I learned on the Notre Dame page that the Heptateuchon of Thierry of Chartres is still unedited, and really: Nothing to find. What a pity! Since it is based on Martianus Capella's work which I studied recently I am really curious how Thierry of Chartres handled the geographical problems in the introduction of Plato's Timaeus (aka "Atlantis").

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