The Name of the Rose Essay

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Philosophy of the Person I The Name of the Rose Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film, The Name of the Rose, is based on a postmodern novel of the same title written by Umberto Eco (published in 1986). The film takes place in fourteenth century Italy at a Benedictine abbey during a theological conference. The film focuses on William of Baskerville, a Franciscan monk, and his apprentice Adso of Melk who arrive at the abbey shortly after a series of mysterious deaths. During this time period disagreeing with the opinion of the clergy or of the church was seen as heresy and resulted in punishment. William is unsatisfied with the theological explanation given to justify the deaths. However, he begins to contemplate whether the deaths were suicides or murders and, despite the risk, decides to use logic and reason to find out for himself. The movie is complex as three plots are developed simultaneously throughout the film: the historical debate regarding the poverty of Christ, a series of murders (which lead to the arrival of the inquisition), and the love affair between Adso and the peasant girl. These plots threaten the principles behind the city of God because women, poverty, and laughter all bring about disorder. In order to keep order you must eliminate what provokes disorder, which is difference. There was no place for differences or diversity in Medieval society. This paper aims to explain how the culmination of these plots ultimately leads to the destruction of medieval philosophy. In order to truly comprehend the film, one must first analyze the character of William. It is believed that Eco named the protagonist William of Baskerville after one of the first pre-modern philosophers, William of Ockham. William of Ockham often criticized Aquinas and argued that the simple argument is the one with the most truth. William of Baskerville has similar characteristics

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