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The One and the Many in Bonaventure Exemplarity Explained

Honors College, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97144, Waco, TX 76798, USA
Academic Editor: Warren Smith
Religions 2016, 7(12), 144;
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 14 November 2016 / Accepted: 28 November 2016 / Published: 8 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plato among the Christians)
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The category of exemplarity, which holds a central place in Bonaventure’s thought, is in many ways a certain type of solution to the problem of the many and the one. Bonaventure’s account of the relationship between the created many and the uncreated original on which they are all based is in many ways like the account that Augustine gives; but he both greatly expands upon the Augustinian account and expands it in directions that prepare for the Christocentrism that will mark the rest of his theological work. This article will explicate Bonaventure’s treatment of this issue on the basis of his two most extended conversations, in the first book of his commentary on Lombard’s Sentences and in the Disputed Questions on the Knowledge of Christ. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bonaventure; exemplarity; Christian Platonism; Augustine; Imago Dei Bonaventure; exemplarity; Christian Platonism; Augustine; Imago Dei
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