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The imagination forms an integral part of the human mind, allowing us to picture all kinds of things in our minds, be they real or unreal. In medieval culture, imagination was used to picture, make present, and envision details of the texts: the colours and dimensions of things, the clothing, the bearing, actions, and the environment. Raymond DiLorenzo examines the concept of imagination (imaginatio) in Richard's treatise Benjamin Minor, claiming that Richard's views about the imagination deserve more attention and that they are surprisingly positive. In this study, the author's primary sources are Richard's treatises Benjamin Minor (BMIN) and Benjamin Major (BMAJ), both of which have been critically edited and published in recent years. Basically, Richard's writings may be considered as Augustinian and his psychological views as determined by Augustine's idea of the active human soul and divine illumination.

Keywords: Augustine; Benjamin Major (BMAJ); Benjamin Minor (BMIN); human imagination; Raymond DiLorenzo; Richard of St. Victor



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