In this study, I use a phenomenological methodology to analyze Bonaventure’s The Soul’s Journey into God (Itinerarium mentis in Deum). This approach will differ from past efforts by paying particular attention to connection between sense experience and place in Bonaventure’s (1221-1274) cosmology. Previous studies have stressed the way in which man, soul, and God are interrelated in The Soul’s Journey into God but have ignored how these concepts are connected to place.
The theological key to Bonaventure’s work, as I argue, is exemplarism. Through exemplarism Bonaventure finds his place (loco) in God. Traditionally understood, exemplarism is the notion that divine ideas imbue creation and give it form. It implies that the finite things of this world are analogical copies of pure concepts from the divine mind. In Bonaventure’s thought, these exemplars are synonymous with place.
|Keywords:||Bonaventure, Exemplarism, Phenomenology, Place, Sense, Neoplatonism|
Ph.D Student, The Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada