Bonaventure, the Body, and the Aesthetics of Salvation

Bonaventure, the Body, and the Aesthetics of Salvation

by Rachel Davies

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Overview

In this work of historical theology, Rachel Davies considers the relationship between aesthetics and anthropology in Bonaventure's thought, and shows how bodily diminishment can become a sign and source of the self's renewal. Drawing from texts like the Collations on the Six Days, and the Major Life of Francis, Davies reconfigures traditional accounts of the fallen body's rebellion against the soul and emphasizes instead the soul's original abandonment of the body. Her interpretation draws attention to the crucial but undervalued role that Bonaventure assigns to the body in the self's coming-to-be, showing how contemplation involves the soul's tender recovery of the body it once rejected. Though contemplation makes body-soul integrity possible again, Davies argues that the body never fully recovers from its primordial alienation. Instead, Bonaventure suggests that individuals can experience brokenness and healing at the same time, and that suffering bodies can become paschal spaces, graced and open to beatific wholeness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108618380
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/12/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Rachel Davies is a research fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. She is co-editor of Suffering and the Christian Life (forthcoming).

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Bonaventure's aesthetic vision; 2. Beaty and the soul's ascent in the Collations on the Six Days; 3. The journey of the body to God; 4. Diminishment and transfiguration in the Tree of Life; 5. Corporeality reclaimed in The Major Life of Francis; 6. Paschal bodies.

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