for D. Palmer's Visions of Human Nature
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Chapter 4 - The Medieval Vision of Human Nature
1. Which of the following was characteristic of the medievals'
attitudes toward the academic and philosophical heritage of the past?
2. Which of the following is Aquinas's "cosmological argument"
for the existence of God?
3. What advantage did the medieval picture of human nature, based on the narrative
of salvation history and the concept of God's signs as evident in the world, offer to believers?
4. All of the followings claims, save one, represent the medieval view of human
nature. Which statement is not representative of the medieval viewpoint?
5. Careful interpretive readings of Scripture were paramount in the medieval philosophy,
and so the medievals cultivated which of the following ways of reading the Old Testament?
6. For what reason did Anselm formulate
the so-called "ontological argument" for the existence of God?
7. The medieval period had symbolic associations for any number of beasts, forming
a complex system of semiology (the study of symbols). The lion, for instance, had which of the
following connotations for the medievals?
8. According to the Palmer, the disadvantage of
the medieval system of signs (semiology) is which of the following?
9. The medieval concern with the play of signs and symbols has reemerged
in the works of recent "postmodern" philosophers like Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, and Jacques Derrida. Why is this the case?
10. According to the author, the medieval
conception of human nature differs sharply from the Greek conceptions in so
11. For the medievals the individual's life mirrors
the whole narrative of salvation history.
12. In the Middle Ages many forms
of atheism and agnosticism challenged the idea of God, eliciting responses from church theologians.
13. Aquinas borrows the term "efficient
cause" from Plato.
14. There is no sense of progress
in the medieval conception of salvation history.
15. In medieval thinking, human
beings are spiritual entities; the physical body and its world should be despised.
Here are some short answer questions you might consider.
1. What are the internal problems responsible for the Fall of Rome in the fifth
2. What are human beings supposed to do in order to be judged favorably on
the day of Judgement?
3. Why is Anselm's proof of God's existence called ontological argument?
4. What are main functions of the divine semiology?
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