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The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Tracing Its Origins

Kenan B. Osborne, OFM

Publication Year: 2003

The purpose of this book is to present some general and major themes of the theological formulation of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition as these themes intersect with contemporary perspectives. It provides a fine starting point for further reflection and a solid foundation for future expositions in this series. It is meant to help readers plumb the spiritual depths of our Franciscan inheritance and challenges readers to express these theological themes in preaching, in pastoral practice, in the works of evangelization and in the formative experiences of friars, sisters and the laity.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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pp. iii-iv

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GENERAL EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION

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pp. v-xiii

On behalf of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT), I present to you with great pleasure this first volume of The Franciscan Heritage Series—The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Tracing Its Origins and Identifying Its Central Components by Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M. ...

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PART ONE: AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

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pp. 1-4

The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is a philosophical and theological expression of understanding the Catholic faith. As a philosophy and theology, this tradition is one of several major interpretations of this faith. In the history of the western Catholic Church, two other major traditions have enriched ...

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PART TWO: HISTORICAL OVERVIEW—30 C.E. TO 1300 C.E.

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pp. 5-14

This period begins with the Resurrection/Pentecost event and ends with the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. After the Resurrection, the disciples spoke about Jesus, retelling things he had said and done. They also shared their feelings and their perceptions of the Jesus-event in ...

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PART THREE: THE PHILOSOPHICAL WORLD OF ARISTOTLE

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pp. 15-30

Although the reader may find the following exposé of Aristotle a little daunting, its importance will become apparent when our Franciscan tradition is examined in more detail. It is also hoped that this brief exposition will help those reading the entire series to understand the primary texts ...

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PART FOUR: THE GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE FRANCISCAN INTELLECTUAL TRADITION

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pp. 31-52

There were only twelve Franciscan brothers in 1208/1209. By 1250 there were thirty thousand Franciscan friars.1 This was a remarkable growth for any religious order in the Catholic Church. Both the spiritual and intellectual training of the applicants, novices and young friars became an immediate ...

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PART FIVE: DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE FRANCISCAN INTELLECTUAL TRADITION

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pp. 53-68

Since the end of the thirteenth century, as we have indicated, there has been a form of theology called “Franciscan.” The first major production of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition was the Summa of Alexander of Hales. One finds in this first Summa several key aspects of the spiritual vision of Francis of Assisi. ...

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CONCLUSION

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pp. 69-72

This first volume of our series has attempted to identify some central components of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. From our consideration, we can conclude that this intellectual tradition has deep roots that go back to the beginnings of Christian theology. The central components have been, in one form ...

ENDNOTES

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pp. 73-74


E-ISBN-13: 9781576592885
E-ISBN-10: 157659288X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576592007
Print-ISBN-10: 1576592006

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2003

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 1
Series Title: The Franciscan Heritage Series
Series Editor Byline: Kenan B. Osborn

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Subject Headings

  • Franciscans -- History.
  • Franciscans -- Intellectual life.
  • Intellectuals.
  • Learning and scholarship.
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