The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature - Epilogue Summary & Analysis

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It may be objected that none of the previous chapters which have admired the Medieval Model have acknowledged its falsity. Certainly, many or even most of the scientific beliefs of the Medievals have later proven to be false, but one ought to be careful to so boldly say that modern theories stand on much firmer ground. The world has proven itself so resistant to being easily understood that one might rightly question whether a knowledge that is anything more concrete than mathematical description is possible. Further, it is incorrect to think of knowledge as a merely progressive movement, which is always moving towards truth. Certainly, through the invention of various instruments, more is known about the world today than was possible previously, but philosophical changes and even changes simply of mental temperament are as much the cause of changes in scientific...

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