We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR

Confessions of a Rational Mystic

by Gregory Schufreider

Publication Year: 1994

Confessions of a Rational Mystic exposes both aspects of this transitional thinker through a multidimensional interpretation of his Pioslogion. It treats Anselm's famous proof for the existence of God as both a rational argument and an exercise in mystical theology, analyzing the logic of its reasoning while providing a phenomenological account of the vision of God that is embedded within it. Through a deconstructive reading of the cycle of prayer and proof that forms the overall structure of the text, not only is the argument returned to its place in the Proslogion as a whole, but the historic relationship that it attempts to establish between faith and reason is examined. In this way, the critical role that Anselm played in the history of philosophy is seen in a new light.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

pdf iconDownload PDF (56.2 KB)
 

CONTENTS

pdf iconDownload PDF (26.4 KB)
pp. ix-

read more

Part I. Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF (1.1 MB)
pp. 1-17

To complicate matters, however, it must be admitted that something of the movement of Western philosophy that took place in our history between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, in its migration from the prayer cell to the schoolroom, is already in evidence in Anselm's own writings. Were it not, he could hardly have contributed...

read more

Part II. The Monowgion

pdf iconDownload PDF (5.3 MB)
pp. 18-96

Anselm's first attempt at philosophical writing remains among the many unread texts ofmediev'al philosophy, despite, if not because of, the notoriety his work has otherwise received. If Anselm is famous for anything, it is for the "ontological argument," which first makes...

read more

Part III. The Proslogion

pdf iconDownload PDF (9.4 MB)
pp. 97-239

As we mentioned at the outset, Anselm did not begin his writing career with a philosophical treatise but with a set of prayers and meditations of a rather more spiritual variety. In a strange way, the uniqueness of the Monologion resides, at least in part, in its lack of...

read more

Part IV. Conclusion

pdf iconDownload PDF (4.7 MB)
pp. 240-309

Ironically, the full import ofthe scarcely spoken assumptions at the root of such meditational works as the Monologion and Proslogion surfaces later in Anselm's own writings, when those assumed conditions no longer obtain. Once Anselm can no longer presuppose the...

read more

Part V. Text and Translation: Anselm's Proslogion

pdf iconDownload PDF (207.2 KB)
pp. 310-313

The translation that follows would not have been possible were it not for existing translations. I have tried to take advantage ofthem as well as of the unique opportunity provided by this series to offer a translation that is not so much designed to stand alone as to come at...

CAPITULUM I

pdf iconDownload PDF (294.9 KB)
pp. 314-323

CAPITULUM II

pdf iconDownload PDF (78.6 KB)
pp. 324-325

CAPITULUM III

pdf iconDownload PDF (66.7 KB)
pp. 326-327

CAPITULUM IV

pdf iconDownload PDF (61.3 KB)
pp. 328-329

CAPITULUM V and VI

pdf iconDownload PDF (79.8 KB)
pp. 330-331

CAPITULUM VII

pdf iconDownload PDF (84.5 KB)
pp. 332-333

CAPITULUM VIII

pdf iconDownload PDF (43.7 KB)
pp. 334-335

CAPITULUM IX

pdf iconDownload PDF (245.2 KB)
pp. 336-340

CAPITULUM X

pdf iconDownload PDF (94.0 KB)
pp. 340-341

CAPITULUM XI and XII

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.8 KB)
pp. 342-343

CAPITULUM XIII

pdf iconDownload PDF (67.6 KB)
pp. 344-345

CAPITULUM XIV

pdf iconDownload PDF (127.6 KB)
pp. 346-348

CAPITULUM XV

pdf iconDownload PDF (40.9 KB)
pp. 348-349

CAPITULUM XVI

pdf iconDownload PDF (61.0 KB)
pp. 350-351

CAPITULUM XVII

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.1 KB)
pp. 352-353

CAPITULUM XVIII

pdf iconDownload PDF (154.8 KB)
pp. 354-356

CAPITULUM XIX

pdf iconDownload PDF (77.5 KB)
pp. 356-357

CAPITULUM XX and XXI

pdf iconDownload PDF (80.6 KB)
pp. 358-359

CAPITULUM XXII

pdf iconDownload PDF (48.7 KB)
pp. 360-361

CAPITULUM XXIII

pdf iconDownload PDF (68.6 KB)
pp. 362-363

CAPITULUM XXIV

pdf iconDownload PDF (45.4 KB)
pp. 364-365

CAPITULUM XXV

pdf iconDownload PDF (217.1 KB)
pp. 366-371

CAPITULUM XXVI

pdf iconDownload PDF (112.4 KB)
pp. 372-375

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

pdf iconDownload PDF (568.9 KB)
pp. 377-386

INDEX

pdf iconDownload PDF (317.5 KB)
pp. 387-392


E-ISBN-13: 9781612490465
E-ISBN-10: 1612490468
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557530363
Print-ISBN-10: 155753036X

Page Count: 408
Publication Year: 1994

Series Title: History of Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: Adriaan Peperzak

Research Areas

Recommend

UPCC logo

Subject Headings

  • God -- Proof, Ontological -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • Mysticism -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • God -- Proof -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • Anselm, Saint, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1033-1109. Proslogion.
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access