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The Resource Understanding the medieval meditative ascent : Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, & Dante, Robert McMahon

Understanding the medieval meditative ascent : Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, & Dante, Robert McMahon

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Understanding the medieval meditative ascent : Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, & Dante
Title
Understanding the medieval meditative ascent
Title remainder
Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, & Dante
Statement of responsibility
Robert McMahon
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation.
Cataloging source
E7B
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1950-
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McMahon, Robert
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Augustine
  • Anselm
  • Boethius
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Augustinus, Aurelius
  • Anselm (von Canterbury)
  • Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus
  • Dante (Alighieri)
  • Devotional literature
  • RELIGION
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Devotional literature
  • Meditatie
Summary expansion
The Confessions, Proslogion, and Consolation of Philosophy, like the Divine Comedy, all enact Platonist ascents. Each has a pilgrim figure, guided dialogically on a journey of understanding. Each rises to progressively higher levels of understanding and culminates in a supreme intellectual vision. The higher levels contain and surpass earlier understandings and thereby reconfigure them, but implicitly, for the questing pilgrim rarely stops to reflect on the stages of his ascent. Augustine's conclusions about time in book 11, for example, embrace memory as "time past," but he does not reconsider his account of memory in book 10 from this new perspective. He left these for his reader's meditation, as a spiritual exercise. In this way, a Platonist ascent generates implied meditative meanings, which scholars have explored only in part. Each work calls us to read forward, on its journey of understanding, and to meditate backwards on the stages of the ascent and the relations between them. Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, and Dante wrote for readers experienced in meditating on the Bible, adept at exploring relations between far distant passages. They designed these works as spiritual exercises for the same kind of reading and meditation. Understanding the Medieval Meditative Ascent uses literary analysis to discover new philosophical meanings in these works. Clearly written in nontechnical language, its account of their literary structures and of the hidden meanings they generate will inform nonspecialist and specialist alike
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Understanding the medieval meditative ascent : Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, & Dante, Robert McMahon
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-280) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The meditative ascent : paradigm and principles : ascent and return -- The unity of meditative structure and texture in Augustine's Confessions -- A moving viewpoint : Augustine's meditative philosophy in the Confessions -- Meditative movement in Anselm's Proslogion -- Recollecting oneself : meditative movement in The consolation of philosophy
Control code
ocn646786282
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 284 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813216287
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
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22573/ctt25hz5p
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)646786282
Label
Understanding the medieval meditative ascent : Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, & Dante, Robert McMahon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-280) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The meditative ascent : paradigm and principles : ascent and return -- The unity of meditative structure and texture in Augustine's Confessions -- A moving viewpoint : Augustine's meditative philosophy in the Confessions -- Meditative movement in Anselm's Proslogion -- Recollecting oneself : meditative movement in The consolation of philosophy
Control code
ocn646786282
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 284 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813216287
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt25hz5p
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)646786282

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