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Universitas Philosophica

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BOULNOIS, Olivier. WHAT IS NEW? THE MIDDLE AGES. Univ. philos. [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.67, pp.321-350. ISSN 0120-5323.

In this work, the author has two complementary objectives. Firstly, to demonstrate the contemporaneity of the Middle Ages and secondly, the false novelty of the Modern Times. The author shows the medieval horizon of modernity and, therefore, the false disjunction established between its origin, as rupture and break, considering the Middle Ages as Dark Ages. The author analyses several moments considered as indicating that rupture (the humanism, the dignity of man and Protestantism) and several topics traditionally considered as modern (secularization, the desire of knowledge and the concept of progress), in order to demonstrate their medieval filiations. The author does not pretend to defend the historical continuity within the logic of modernity, but the possibility of a genealogy of “oblivions” characterizing our age, in order to defend and reconsider the non- contemporary within a new definition of the contemporary and the study of medieval philosophy for herself, beyond her pre-modernity, in a post-modern order.

Keywords : Middle Ages; Renaissance; Modern Times; post-modernism; history of philosophy.

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