By Christopher Martin
Takes the coed step by step throughout the highbrow difficulties of Medieval suggestion, explaining the relevant strains of argument from Augustine of Hippos to the 16th century.
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They could judge themselves and others by the standards that were enshrined in the attitudes, beliefs, and heroic deeds described in those poems. 6 The Development Of A Canon Through Tradition A canon by its nature is something fixed. But this does not mean that it is entirely static. The understanding of a canon will improve, and < previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 reflection on a canon will take place. Little by little these reflections will acquire quasi-canonical status.
The disastrous effects of this schism were disguised from the thinkers of the time by the fact that the two traditions continued to exist and work in the same establishments: and by the continued success of each party in developing their own traditions. But the traditions were now partial: they had secretly given up the aim of constructing a system which would embrace all knowledge. There continued to be progress and development, particularly in logic and related fields, and in the study of the theory of law: but these developments were no longer developments towards the original aim.
Thus a tradition is not necessarily a static thing: it may, and probably must, develop. It will not be enough for people just to hand on the tradition unchanged, if they are to meet the standards which the tradition itself enjoins. People will need at least to reflect on the application of the standards of the canon to new and different circumstances. That is why, in pre-literate societies at least, the bards were the acknowledged legislators, the interpreters of the canon, and often surrounded by religious sanctions.