Aristotle and the Ontology of St. Bonaventure
Franziska van Buren
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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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Abbreviations for Editions and Translations of Primary Texts
Chapter 2. The Theory of Forms in Thomas Aquinas
Chapter 3. The Controversy: Bonaventure and Aristotle
Chapter 4. An Aristotelian Account of Universals
Chapter 5. Forms as Caused by God
Chapter 6. Forms in the Natural World
Format: Monograph - hardback
Size: 234 × 156 mm
Publication: March 29, 2023
Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 63
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