Select Notices And Intelligence. -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 003:10 (May 1846)
Article: Select Notices And Intelligence.
Author: Anonymous


Select Notices And Intelligence.

The Allgemeines Repertorium für theologische Iiteratur und Kirchliche Statistik, formerly edited by Rheinwald, has passed into the hands of H. Reuter. The present editor has furnished in the September number of the last year a critical notice of the third part or volume of Ritter’s History of Christian philosophy. The first four volumes of Ritter’s great work embrace the complete history of ancient pagan philosophy. With the fifth commences the history of Christian philosophy, which is con-

tinued in this volume through the first period of the Greek and Latin fathers, till after the time of Origen. The sixth volume, or the second of the Christian philosophy furnishes the period of the fathers, extending to the time of John of Damascus. The next is the volume here noticed. It extends from the ninth to the twelfth century. As this is the point of transition from the philosophy of the Christian fathers to that of the scholastic writers, Ritter has only complied with the necessary conditions of a complete history of philosophy, in deciding to give an extended view of the characteristic features of the intellect of the Middle Ages. The history of the scholastic philosophy, has cost the author more severe study than any other part of his work. Indeed the attempt of Ritter is too gigantic for any one mortal. The reviewer pronounces this the most complete history of the philosophy of that period. From the nature of the case in this volume, as well as the two preceding, the author treads closely upon the domains of Dogmengeschichte, and is therefore the more interesting to the theologian. Reuter complains of a want of sufficient restriction to what is purely philosophical; and, moreover, controverts what Ritter regards as new and important results, namely, that the controversy of the nominalists and realists was insignificant; that the influence of the Aristotelian philosophy at that time was very limited; and that the alleged nominalism of Abelard is a fiction. Another volume of Ritter has since been published, but we have as yet no knowledge of its particular character.

The Berlin Jahrbücher für wissensckaftliche Kritik, speaks in terms of high commendation of the continuation of Brandis’s Handbuch der Geschichte der griechisch-römischen Philosophie. The first volume, which appeared in 1835, brought down the history to the time of Socrates. The volume under review, which is called the second part, and first division, treats of the philosophy of Socrates, and of his immediate followers, particularly Plato. Brandis is represented as being more successful and happy in the execution of this, than of the first volume. The next division of part second, or the third volume will exhi...

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