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The literary work produced by Caroline Bynum entitled Did the Twelfth Century Discover the Individual strongly argues that people between the time period of 1050 CE to 1200 CE sought to define the self Admittedly I am not as knowledgeable as Caroline Bynum on this particular time period but I believe an equally strong argument can be made that the twelfth century was indeed a definitive search for the individual The controversy arises with the connotations of self and individual My definition of self relates to the intrapersonal components of a human being such as ego conscious and esteem This encapsulates the inner workings of a person Comparatively individual refers to a much broader sense of the intellectual make-up but also the behavior that results The first irrefutable point is that people of this period in history were in transition from feudal structured communities to a more liberal society Before the eleventh century people were categorized into one of three groups With urbanization and renewed interest in Athenian philosophers and ancient writings people began to distinguish themselves These people did seek to discover the self through theological and philosophical principles However in the attempt of finding the self they sought to make their own niche in society through an individualistic attempt to attack the Church the Order and the Thought Most notably Peter Abelard strives his entire life to make a name for himself His autobiography was not merely about his self but of the individual he was His experiences and his behavior inundated himself This caused a spilling over effect onto those that admired or even detested himmeaning he affected them Abelard did not seek to define hi s self but rather wanted those in society to define who he was as an individual Through his numerous writings lectures and behaviors he sought others to ascertain the individual he was perceived to be This can be said for many people of the Twelfth
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