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Medieval Religious Rationalities (Paperback)

David D'avray

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Paperback. generate fresh empirical research of the medieval past. A groundbreaking study applying Weberian theories of rationality to medieval social, cultural and religious values and structures.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 208 pages. 0.338. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521186827

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Title: Medieval Religious Rationalities (Paperback)

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Inspired by the social theories of Max Weber, David d'Avray asks in what senses medieval religion was rational and, in doing so, proposes a new approach to the study of the medieval past. Applying ideas developed in his companion volume on Rationalities in History, he explores how values, instrumental calculation, legal formality and substantive rationality interact and the ways in which medieval beliefs were strengthened by their mutual connections, by experience, and by mental images. He sheds new light on key themes and figures in medieval religion ranging from conversion, miracles and the ideas of Bernard of Clairvaux to Trinitarianism, papal government and Francis of Assisi's charismatic authority. This book shows how values and instrumental calculation affect each other in practice and demonstrates the ways in which the application of social theory can be used to generate fresh empirical research as well as new interpretative insights.

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A unique analysis of the social, cultural and religious values of the medieval period, inspired by the social theories of Max Weber. Investigating case studies such as conversion, miracles, and belief in the Trinity, d'Avray shows how a social theory approach can generate fresh empirical research of the medieval past.

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