an urgent need for order in the intellectual outlook of a Europe first rising

panview

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Hi,everyone.The following is from Perspectives on Higher Education: Eight Disciplinary and Comparative Views by Burton R. Clark:
the medieval scholastic curriculum met an urgent need for order in the intellectual outlook of a Europe first rising to independent thought.

How to understand the sentence is a little difficulty for me.Does it imples the following?
1. Europe is first rising to independent thought.(how to understand this statement, does Europe have not their own thought, and now want to get it?)
2. At that time Europe has an an urgent need for order in the intellectual outlook.
3. "the intellectual outlook of a Europe", here there's also means Europe was fragmented and need unitedinto one?
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Europe had an urgent need for order in intellectual outlook.
    Europe was beginning to rise to independent thought.

    There is nothing in the quote to suggest that Europe was fragmented.
     
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