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Ab·e·lard(ăb′ə-lärd′) also A·bé·lard (ä-bā-lär′), Peter or Pierre 1079-1142.
French theologian, philosopher, and composer whose nominalist application of the principles of ancient Greek logic to the doctrines of the medieval Catholic Church led to charges of heresy. He had a love affair with his pupil Héloise, whom he secretly married after she bore him a child; her family was angered and had him castrated, after which he became a monk.
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(Biography) Peter. French name Pierre Abélard. 1079–1142, French scholastic philosopher and theologian whose works include Historia Calamitatum and Sic et Non (1121). His love for Héloïse is recorded in their correspondence
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Ab•é•lard(ˈæb əˌlɑrd; Fr. a beɪˈlar)
Pierre, 1079–1142, French philosopher, teacher, and theologian: love affair with Heloïse.English, Peter Abelard.
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