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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Brilliance and Arrogance of Abelard: An Interpretation of the Content, Context, and Significance of Abelard’s "Historia Calamitatum"

This study explores the academic conflicts that Peter Abelard (d. 1142) found himself involved in as a result of his radical new ideas and his insistence upon his own correctness. Furthermore, the paper delves into Abelard’s theory of “pure intention” and how it relates to his view of his own actions, including his scholarly disputes and his affair with Heloise. Specifically, the question raised if Abelard understood why his behavior would often exasperate others or if he was so convinced that his “pure intentions” were correct that he failed to understand why others may find his behavior so unacceptable.

Presenters: Ana Lester (Undergraduate Student)
Jessica McClellan (Undergraduate Student)
Krysten Collier (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 4:25 pm (Session V)