Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts of the concepts discussed in the book Richard of St. Victor's Theory of Imagination. The book investigates Richard of St. Victor's view of the nature of the imagination as a psychological capacity and the role of this faculty in his mystical theology. The main sources are Richard's two spiritual works, Benjamin Minor and Benjamin Major, both written between 1160 and 1170. Richard's theological framework is the contemplative life in which the individual strives to see God in mystical ecstasy. In Richard's analysis, the imagination plays an important part in this context. In Benjamin Minor, Richard describes three different modes of imagination, which the soul needs to prepare for contemplation. Richard develops themes which deal with the interpretation of biblical language, metaphors, and even rhetoric in Benjamin Minor. The study of Richard's ideas on imagination introduces many important discussions of his anthropological philosophy and theology.

Keywords: anthropological philosophy; Benjamin Major; Benjamin Minor; Richard of St. Victor



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Richard of St. Victor’s Theory of Imagination — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation