Ascent: Plotinian Motifs in Bonaventure's <i>Itinerary of the Mind to God</i>

Louis Dupré

in The Quest for Meaning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222773
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235810 | DOI:
Ascent: Plotinian Motifs in             Bonaventure's Itinerary of the Mind to God

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This chapter traces how Saint Bonaventure received and transformed some Neoplatonic motifs in writing his Itinerary of the Mind to God. It compares Plotinus' conception of the ascent to the One with Bonaventure's description of approaching God through speculation. This chapter suggests that though Bonaventure never studied any work of Plotinus or Plato, he was obviously inspired not only by the Scripture but also by the books that transmitted a Neoplatonic, Stoic, and Aristotelian heritage to him.

Keywords: Saint Bonaventure; Itinerary of the Mind to God; Plato; Plotinus; ascent; God; religious philosophy

Chapter.  6290 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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