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Aristotle and the Ontology of St. Bonaventure

Franziska van Buren (Author), Franziska van Buren (Author),

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 63

Category: Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462703568

Publication date: April 5, 2023

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Bonaventure’s metaphysical thought and
his interpretation of Aristotle

Contemporary scholarship on Bonaventure has characterized him as the Neo-platonic foil to the Aristotelianism of his day. The present book, however, shows a Bonaventure who is highly enthusiastic about utilizing the philosophy of Aristotle and who centers much of his philosophical project around interpreting and understanding the texts of Aristotle. Two goals are central to this book. The first is to shed light on Bonaventure’s greatly understudied ontology and theory of forms, demonstrating how his philosophical system is an important and unique alternative to other medieval Aristotelian systems. The second is to establish, more broadly, how Bonaventure’s interpretation of Aristotle is a resource which should be mined for contemporary efforts in thinking about and reading Aristotle himself.

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Acknowledgements
Abbreviations for Editions and Translations of Primary Texts
Introduction Chapter 1. Historical Background 1. The Neoplatonic via Proclus: The One and the Many 2. The Problem of Neoplatonism in the Christian Tradition 3. Aristotle via Avicenna and the Early Franciscan Tradition, or What Exactly Is Aristotelianism?
Chapter 2. The Theory of Forms in Thomas Aquinas 1. The Structure of Creation 2. Participation 3. Participation in the Fourth Way? 4. Participation in Exemplar Causes? 5. Conclusion
Chapter 3. The Controversy: Bonaventure and Aristotle 1. History of Scholarship on Bonaventure 2. The “Anti-Aristotelianism” of the Collationes
Chapter 4. An Aristotelian Account of Universals 1. Form, Esse, Actuality, Goodness 2. Universal Forms and Seminal Reasons 3. Universals 4. Conclusion
Chapter 5. Forms as Caused by God 1. God Beyond Being 2. Exemplar Causation 3. A Multiplicity of Ideas? 4. Conclusion
Chapter 6. Forms in the Natural World 1. Individuation 2. Light and the Question of a Plurality of Substantial Forms 3. Causation 4. Evil 5. Conclusion
Conclusion
Bibliography Primary Sources Secondary Sources
Index

Franziska van Buren

Franziska van Buren is a post-doctoral researcher in ancient philosophy at KU Leuven.

Franziska van Buren

Franziska van Buren is a post-doctoral researcher in ancient philosophy at KU Leuven.

Van Buren’s work makes an impressive contribution to Bonaventure scholarship, which could really reset the whole debate and narrative. It will challenge the historical norms for many a reader and interpreter of Bonaventure—perhaps, also of Aristotle! Indeed, this work will upend some deeply entrenched historical narratives that have proven a major obstacle for understanding Bonaventure as a philosopher. Christopher M. Cullen, Fordham University

The radical nature of her proposal is likely to give rise to new and fruitful exchanges on the philosophy of Saint Bonaventure. Laure Solignac, Speculum 99/1 (January 2024), https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/728179

Van Buren’s work makes an impressive contribution to Bonaventure scholarship, which could really reset the whole debate and narrative. It will challenge the historical norms for many a reader and interpreter of Bonaventure—perhaps, also of Aristotle! Indeed, this work will upend some deeply entrenched historical narratives that have proven a major obstacle for understanding Bonaventure as a philosopher. Christopher M. Cullen, Fordham University

The radical nature of her proposal is likely to give rise to new and fruitful exchanges on the philosophy of Saint Bonaventure. Laure Solignac, Speculum 99/1 (January 2024), https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/728179

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