The Light of Thy Countenance: Science and Knowledge of God by Steven Marrone

By Steven Marrone

This paintings is ready the improvement of scholastic argumentation in thirteenth-century Europe. It lines the increase of a proper version of technology and ensuing lodgings in conventional attitudes in the direction of human cognition, specifically with reference to the position of divine illumination. Investigated are ten theologians from Robert Grosseteste to Duns Scotus, all in most cases linked to a so-called Augustinian present. The research specializes in thought of information and of brain, bearing on either to the account of human realizing of divinity on the planet. Of curiosity to historians of medieval tradition and historians of technology, the publication lays naked the highbrow modifications eventually surroundings the degree for the emergence of contemporary technological know-how. It in addition advances a unique argument concerning the fact of "Augustinianism" and "Aristotelianism" in high-medieval concept.

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Conceded that William could not completely escape the influence of his opponent, Aristotle. 10 See above, general introduction, n. 38. 34 INTRODUCTION TO PART ONE illumination and is, in many ways, simply corollary to the first, more epistemological consideration of warrant for certitude. But since applying illuminationist doctrines to resolve this particular problem amplifies metaphysical questions readily passed over in a broad treatment of the other two functional areas, it makes sense to consider the matter as a distinct facet of illuminationist theory.

9-11, generally accepted Kramp's dating but noted that one could be certain only that De universo from I, II, 7 on postdated 1231 and suggested that part of the work might even have been completed closer to 1240. Most recently, Rene A. Gauthier, "Notes sur les debuts," pp. 356 and 360—62, has argued that De universo was begun ca. 1230, finished ca. 1240, and De anima written sometime around 1240, immediately after the completion of De universo. As for another piece of the Magisterium cited occasionally here - De Trinitate - it is normally dated to around 1223.

Gli aspetti filosofici del suo pensiero (Milan, 1973), p. 201, offers an especially compelling description of the connection between the theory of illumination and the Augustinian vision of knowledge of God. 22 INTRODUCTION There is every reason to believe that for thirteenth-century Augustinians the second function of illuminationist views was more highly cherished than the first. Because it argued for direct, or nearly direct, cognitive access to the divinity under normal conditions of intellection, it stood as eloquent testimony to an extraordinary intimacy between God and mind, even in the world of sin.

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