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A Bonaventuran Synthesis

Michelle Karnes

in Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780226425313
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226425337 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226425337.003.0003
A Bonaventuran Synthesis

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This chapter studies the Bonaventure's philosophy by examining the role of images in Augustine's theory of knowledge and argues that Bonaventure drew on Augustine's theory as well as Aristotelian imagination to create an especially potent imaginative power. Aristotelian philosophy makes images pervasive in the act of knowledge acquisition, and by interpreting them through Augustinian philosophy; Bonaventure is able to locate Christ's presence to the mind in its cognitive images. Bonaventure links the two philosophies, with the result that mental images are not just intellectually but mystically resonant by drawing on the fact that both Augustine and the Latin translations of Aristotle refer to these images as “species.” Bonaventure links the two philosophies, with the result that mental images are not just intellectually, but mystically resonant. On the basis of these images, it is concluded that the mind achieves understanding at the same time that it knows Christ.

Keywords: Bonaventure philosophy; Augustine theory; Aristotelian imagination; imaginative power; knowledge acquisition; Augustinian philosophy

Chapter.  22353 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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