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Bonaventure’s Theological Method

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Ever since the publication of the Quaracchi edition, Bonaventure's theological methodology has been a source of interest to scholars. The interest is justified by his corpus itself. For much of the twentieth century, Bonaventure was read in comparison with neo-Thomist Scholasticism. Theologia is occasionally used to denote a certain field of knowledge in its distinction from all other fields. Characteristic of the High Scholastics was their location of their definitions of theology. Methodologically, one would expect the nature of a discipline to be delineated at the outset of any comprehensive work of that discipline. By the time Bonaventure began his studies in theology in Paris, Aristotle's influence on articulations of theological methodology was well marked. It is possible to interpret the sapiential character of theology in Bonaventure as having to do with the pursuit of theology for the sake of an end that lies beyond theology.

Keywords: Aristotle; Bonaventure; Paris; theology



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