Heritage of the Byzantium

Quotes from John Deely, Four Ages of Understanding: The First Postmodern Survey of Philosophy from Ancient Times to the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

p. 175-176 “A thousand years would pass before the civilization which had Constantinople for its imperial center would be vanquished by Islamic peoples. The theological and religious heritage of Byzantium at that point would pass to Russia and the other Slavic people. But in science and philosophy there was virtually nothing to pass. No addition to human knowledge in these areas independent of theology and religious belief accrued under Byzantium, or if it did, it has yet to come to light. No doubt the picture appears differently to those whose whole or main interest is in religion and theology. But even an investigator of such an orientation will find it necessary to take into account the harsh light which scholarship casts on the Greek civilization of Constantinople over the course of its history from the point of view of its political, philosophical, and scientific contributions to surviving civilizations. “


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