The Seven Liberal Arts and the West Door of Chartres Cathedral

Titus Burckhardt

In medieval science, it is less a question of knowing many things, than of having a “whole” view of existence. Its method was anything but designed for the investigation of the material world and the furthering of technology. On the contrary: it possessed the means to open the spiritual eye to the beauty of mathematical proportions, and the spiritual ear to the music of the spheres.

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Originally published in Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 2, No.1. Republished here with thanks to World Wisdom Books.