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The Way, the Truth, the Life. St. Bonaventure’s Christ Our Teacher as a Faith-based Theory of Knowledge

digital The Way, the Truth, the Life. St. Bonaventure’s Christ
Our Teacher as a Faith-based Theory of Knowledge
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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2017 - 4. Il pensiero filosofico e teologico in Bonaventura da Bagnoregio
title The Way, the Truth, the Life. St. Bonaventure’s Christ Our Teacher as a Faith-based Theory of Knowledge
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 03-2018
doi http://filosofianeoscolastica.vitaepensiero.com/doi/10.26350/001050_000029
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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This paper is an exploration of St Bonaventure’s sermon Christ Our One Teacher with reference to the contemporary epistemological debate. In particular, I approach this text in the light of Lydia Schumacher’s recent work on what she calls faith-based theories of knowledge. These theories, differ from the mainstream epistemic paradigm in that they are grounded in a framework according to which faith and knowledge do not stand opposed; rather, in such theories faith functions as a prerequisite to knowledge. My thesis, is that Bonaventure’s positions as expressed in Christ Our One Teacher are an instantiation of such a paradigm. Accordingly, I shall outline the general aspects of the claims which Bonaventure advances in this sermon. Then, I shall move onto a presentation of Schumacher’s definition of a faith-based theory of knowledge. Finally, I will analyze and interpret the specific steps of Bonaventure’s argument in the light of Schumacher’s ideas.

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St. John Bonaventure, Christology, Michael Polanyi, Exemplarism, Illumination Theory

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