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Contested Knowledges: John of Salisbury's Metalogicon and Historia Pontificalis

From: Parergon
Volume 21, Number 1, January 2004
pp. 1-17 | 10.1353/pgn.2004.0061



John of Salisbury's Metalogicon is a text concerned with education, and its role in the production and maintenance of virtue in students. It defends the broadness of the Trivium against those who seek specialisation in education. This article seeks to contextualise the Metalogicon, and stake a claim for its intellectual import, through a reading of another of John's works, the Historia Pontificalis, where John uses the trial of Gilbert of Poitiers to explore similar issues.

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