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Contemplation And The Formation Of The Vir Spiritualis In Bonaventure's Collationes In Hexaemeron

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To demonstrate how contemplation operates in the Bonaventure's Collationes in Hexaemeron's introduction (collations 1-3), this chapter first defines the terms reflexive reading, textual community and subjectivity. It then examines the evidence for a Franciscan textual community at Paris that formed viri spirituales via contemplation. The chapter explores the allegorization of scientia according to the contemplation of Christ the center in collation 1. It explains the relationship among the four forms of sapientia according to the contemplation of Christ's light in the activity of reflexive reading in collation 2. Next, the role of intellectus according to the contemplation of the threefold Word in collation 3, is presented. The chapter concludes by arguing that the interrelated ideas of reflexivity, textuality, and subjectivity in the Hexaemeron's introduction highlight the importance of understanding medieval interpretive practices, especially the contemplative activity of performative reading.

Keywords: Bonaventure's Collationes in Hexaemeron; contemplative activity; Franciscan textual community; reflexive reading; subjectivity; viri spirituales



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