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The Phenomenological Act of perscrutatio in the Proemium of St. Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Sentences

The Phenomenological Act of perscrutatio in the Proemium of St. Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Sentences

Falque, Emmanuel (Catholic Institute of Paris)

(translated from the French by ELISA MANGINA)

Medieval Philosophy and Theology 10 (2001)

Abstract

As Hans Urs von Balthasar has put it, “nothing is more typical of [St. Bonaventure] than the prologue to the whole commentary on the Sentences.” This remark is the inspiration for the following rereading of Bonaventure’s inaugural lecture. Not only does the Commentary succeed to a remarkable degree in unifying scholasticism and mysticism, but it also contains the seeds of a descriptive theological method that is original in ways that parallel contemporary phenomenological thought, despite the risk of anachronism inherent in such a claim.

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