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Robert Grosseteste’s De artibus liberalibus and the pathway to Perfection

In spite of its generally optimistic assessment of mankind the beginning of the De artibus liberalibus provides us with a rather gloomy description of the human condition. Grosseteste tells us in the opening lines that error and imperfection make their way into the affairs of humanity because our minds have been clouded, desire either leads us after things that are not of the proper sphere or immoderate. Finally, our motives, powers and instruments are debilitated and imperfect because of the ‘corruption of our flesh.’ This all leads us to the necessity for humanity to seek out the redemptive properties of the seven liberal arts.

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