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By Christopher M. Cullen

the nice Franciscan theologian St. Bonaventure (c.1217-74) engaged in philosophy in addition to theology, and the relation among the 2 in Bonaventure's paintings has lengthy been debated. but, few experiences were dedicated to Bonaventure's suggestion as a complete. during this survey, Christopher M. Cullen unearths Bonaventure as an outstanding synthesizer, whose approach of inspiration bridged the distance among theology and philosophy.

The e-book is geared up in response to the types of Bonaventure's personal vintage textual content, De reductione artium advert theologiam. Cullen follows Bonaventure's personal department of the branches of philosophy and theology, reading them as separate yet similar entities. He indicates that Bonaventure used to be a scholastic, whose mysticism used to be grounded in systematic theological and philosophical reasoning. He offers a clean and nuanced point of view on Bonaventure's debt to Augustine, whereas clarifying Aristotle's effect. Cullen additionally places Bonaventure's principles in context of his time and position, contributing considerably to our realizing of the medieval world.

This available creation offers a much-needed assessment of Bonaventure's inspiration. Cullen deals a transparent and infrequent studying of "Bonaventurianism" in and for itself, with out the issues of critique and comparability. This booklet provides to turn into a typical textual content on Bonaventure, helpful for college students and students of philosophy, theology, medieval reports, and the background of Christianity.

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