Book Series Studies on the Faculty of Arts. History and Influence, vol. 2

A Scholar's Paradise

Teaching and Debating in Medieval Paris

Olga Weijers

  • Pages: 257 p.
  • Size:127 x 203 mm
  • Illustrations:9 b/w
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2015

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55463-1
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This book is focused on learning in the Medieval universities and in particular the University of Paris


"Weijers hat ein Werk vorgelegt, das auf lange Zeit hin Bestand haben dürfte und als eine der besten Einführungen in die Geschichte der Universität(en) gelten darf, die derzeit auf dem Markt zu finden sind." (Ralf Lützelschwab, in: Sehepunkte, 15 (2015), nr. 10)

« (…) cet ouvrage de synthèse (…) invite aussi de façon profitable à lire (…) les renouvellements récents de l’histoire institutionnelle et sociale de l’université de Paris au Moyen Âge: faut-il rêver d’un tel « paradis » pour les écoliers? La réflexion sera aussi éclairante face aux mutations toujours en cours du monde universitaire..» (Nathalie Gorochov, dans Francia-Recensio, 3, 2016)

« (…) l’autrice ci mostra la vita universitaria con gli occhi di un giovane studente che diverrà un vescovo famoso, Robert Kilwardby, la cui brilante carriera accademica testimonia di come lo Scholar’s Paradise rappresentasse un’esperienza importante, che le censure e le condanne non danneggiarono irreparabilmente. » (Andrea Colli, nella Rivista di Storia della Filosofia, 2, 2017, p. 360)


This volume offers the general reader a synthesis of academic life in Paris during the first centuries of its existence. These early years were a period of excitement, discovery and intellectual freedom. Perhaps never again would a community of scholars engage in teaching and debate in such an astonishingly new and fresh world, with people, texts and ideas multiplying rapidly and surrounded by an equally rapidly developing city. From the perspective of the twenty-first century, it seems an enviable period, a time when optimism and eager research still went hand in hand with the idea that the whole of existence might be encompassed by the human mind.

Here, Olga Weijers offers a comprehensive re-working of her 1995 publication (Le maniement du savoir. Pratiques intellectuelles à l’époque des premières universités), which has been re-organized, extended to include less technical subjects, updated and translated into English.