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The author points out this study that the corpus of the Society's foundation constitutes an important juncture in the conceptualization of God's providential praxis, and that the opening onto this question is found in an element of the Society's imaginary. He began by carefully considering the various elements within the Exercises that foreshadow the appearance of the metaphor of the instrument in the Society's Constitutions, before exploring what the metaphor might tell us about the Society's mission and about its relation to the world. The author then argues that the metaphor of the instrument is also implicated in the Society's efforts to determine its place within tradition and that it serves as an imaginary locus in which to trace the Society's definitive adieu to medieval monasticism. Despite the heterogeneity of the whole that these components constitute and despite the heterogeneous nature of these components themselves, this discourse exists.

Keywords: Exercises; imaginary locus; medieval monasticism; Society's foundation



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