Ideas and Men: The Story of Western Thought

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Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142, French scholar, theologian, and philosopher.
Action française, French right-wing political group (monarchist-authoritarian, nationalist) founded, with a newspaper of the same name, by Charles Maurras in 1899.
Adam of St. Victor, d. 1192, mystical poet of the Augustinian monastery of St. Victor at Paris.
Adams, Henry, 1838-1918, American historian, philosopher, man of letters; son of Charles Francis Adams and great-grandson of John Adams.
Adams,John, 1735-1826, second president of the United States; political theorist, a principal figure in the American Revolution, diplomat.
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803, a Massachusetts leader of the American Revolution.
Adenauer, Konrad, 1876- , German statesman-politician, first Chancellor of the West German Federal Republic after World War II.
Aeschylus, 525-456 B.C., Athenian dramatist.
Albigenses, members of several heretical sects (anti-sacerdotalism, Manichaean dualism) prevalent in Southern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Named after Albi, a town in Languedoc. Decimated in bloody "Albigensian Crusade," 1208- 1213.
Alexander the Great ( Alexander III of Macedonia), 356-323 B.C., son of Philip of Macedonia, pupil of Aristotle, conquered the civilized world.
Alexander VI ( Rodrigo Borgia), 1431- 1503, pope from 1492 to 1503, a "Renaissance Pope," wealthy and corrupt.
Ambrose, St., 340-397, Bishop of Milan and one of the fathers of the Latin Church.
Anabaptists, collective name for a number of protestant groups originating in Germany in the early years of the sixteenth-century Reformation. Their doctrines varied, but the name stems from their denial of the validity of infant baptism.
Anaximander, ca. 611-ca. 547 B.C., Greek philosopher-mathematician; member of the Ionian school.
Anselm, St., 1033-1109, philosopher (ontological proof for the existence of God) and prelate (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1093-1109).
Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament; attributed to St. John; or, more generally, ancient Hebrew and Christian visionary prophetic literature.
Aquinas, St. Thomas, ca. 1225-1274.

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