By Christopher M. Cullen

the good 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 reviews were dedicated to Bonaventure's suggestion as a complete. during this survey, Christopher M. Cullen finds Bonaventure as an exceptional synthesizer, whose method of concept bridged the space among theology and philosophy.

The e-book is geared up in line with the kinds 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 was once a scholastic, whose mysticism used to be grounded in systematic theological and philosophical reasoning. He provides a clean and nuanced standpoint 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 knowing of the medieval world.

This available creation offers a much-needed evaluation of Bonaventure's proposal. Cullen bargains a transparent and infrequent examining of "Bonaventurianism" in and for itself, with no the issues of critique and comparability. This booklet supplies to develop into a regular textual content on Bonaventure, important for college students and students of philosophy, theology, medieval reviews, and the heritage of Christianity.

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