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Author QuotedHenry Osborn Taylor
Title QuotedMedieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages
Date (Year/Month/Day)1940/01/04
ImprintCambridge. MA : Harvard University Press, 1911
QuotationA New Year-it feels like a New Year: a new decade. In his book about The Medieval Mind [Note 27: Henry Osborn Taylor (1856-1941), The Medieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1911).] which I have been reading, Henry Osborn Taylor can tolerate practically everything in a Christian philosopher except the interest in numbers. Augustine, fascinated by the symbolic meaning of numbers, drives Taylor wild. Alcuin, or someone else, following after him, drivesTaylor crazy again. You could collect book-review blurbs about it: preoccupation over numbers gives us passages which represent, says Taylor, "Augustine at his worst." etc.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 122
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