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The Third Kind of Contemplation

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This chapter discusses the third kind of contemplation in Benjamin Major, and analyses Richard's ideas concerning similitudes, which he regards as an essential component of this contemplation. Accordingly, the chapter evaluates Richard's related anthropological speculation, which he expresses through the notions of the inner and outer person. It also compares his views concerning the function of the imagination in the transition from visible things to invisible things in Benjamin Major, Benjamin Minor, and In Apocalypsim Joannis. The characterization of the third kind of contemplation differs from the definitions of the first and second kinds. The third kind is said to take place completely in reason (in ratione) and not in imagination (in imaginatione). The study of Richard's notion of symbol and symbolic demonstration offers valuable insights into his theory of the human imagination.

Keywords: Benjamin Major; Benjamin Minor; contemplation; human imagination; In Apocalypsim Joannis; Richard of St. Victor



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