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An Old Man’s Tale: My Many Years With Saint Bernard Of Clairvaux

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Bernard also showed himself a humanist who saw beauty, especially the beauty of language, as efficacious in the pursuit and the dissemination of Truth. Bernard also endorsed philosophical inquiry enthusiastically. That enthusiasm was based on three fundamental assumptions: the rational ordering of the universe, the accessibility of that ordered universe to the human mind through the senses; and the natural ability of the mind, structured according to the same rational pattern as the universe, to analyze and synthesize sense data. Bernard was convinced that human beings, though often flawed by prideful self-centeredness, are basically good because God created them good. He believed that human nature demands the society of others and, therefore, that the human quest for happiness can be pursued only in a social context.

Keywords:Bernard; human beings



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