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Bonaventure's Contribution to the Twentieth-Century Debate on Apophatic Theology

Theo Zweerman

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222773.003.0008
Bonaventure's Contribution to the             Twentieth-Century Debate on Apophatic Theology

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This chapter examines the contribution of Saint Bonaventure to the 20th century debate of apophatic theology. It suggests that that a case study on Bonaventure's work can be expected to enrich actual discussion of negative theology. This is due to the fact that Bonaventure was closely associated with Dionysius and he was even once called “without a doubt the most Dionysian mind of the Middle Ages”. Though Bonaventure never wrote extensive commentaries on the works of Dionysius, he quoted them at least 248 times in his writings.

Keywords: Saint Bonaventure; apophatic theology; negative theology; Dionysius; religious philosophy

Chapter.  6486 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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