Peter Abelard

Jenny Davis Barnett (University of Queensland)
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Peter Abelard was a philosopher, theologian, and teacher of twelfth-century France. He is known as the pioneer of Scholastic Philosophy and the first great nominalist philosopher. He made important contributions to the field of logic but his thoughts on theology were controversial at the time. His intellectual genius is overshadowed by his romance with student Heloise of Argenteuil.


Peter Abelard was born in 1079 in Le Pallet, a commune in the modern-day Loire-Atlantique department in western France. His family was minor nobility. Encouraged by his father to study letters from a young age before preparing to be a knight, Abelard developed a passion for …

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Citation: Barnett, Jenny Davis. "Peter Abelard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2021 [, accessed 26 February 2024.]

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