Beatific Enjoyment In Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy Of Saint Augustine And Peter Lombard by Severin Valentinov KitanovBeatific Enjoyment In Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy Of Saint Augustine And Peter Lombard by Severin Valentinov Kitanov

Beatific Enjoyment In Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy Of Saint Augustine And Peter…

bySeverin Valentinov Kitanov

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Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates examines the religious concept of enjoyment as discussed by scholastic theologians in the Latin Middle Ages. Severin Kitanov argues that central to the concept of beatific enjoyment (fruitio beatifica) is the distinction between the terms enjoyment and use (frui et uti) found in Saint Augustine's treatise On Christian Learning. Peter Lombard, a twelfth-century Italian theologian, chose the enjoyment of God to serve as an opening topic of his Sentences and thereby set in motion an enduring scholastic discourse. Kitanov examines the nature of volition and the relationship between volition and cognition. He also explores theological debates on the definition of enjoyment: whether there are different kinds and degrees of enjoyment, whether natural reason unassisted by divine revelation can demonstrate that beatific enjoyment is possible, whether beatific enjoyment is the same as pleasure, whether it has an intrinsic cognitive character, and whether the enjoyment of God in heaven is a free or un-free act.  Even though the concept of beatific enjoyment is essentially religious and theological, medieval scholastic authors discussed this concept by means of Aristotle's logical and scientific apparatus and through the lens of metaphysics, physics, psychology, and virtue ethics. Bringing together Christian theological and Aristotelian scientific and philosophical approaches to enjoyment, Kitanov exposes the intricacy of the discourse and makes it intelligible for both students and scholars.
Severin Kitanov is assistant professor of philosophy at Salem State University.
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Title:Beatific Enjoyment In Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy Of Saint Augustine And Peter…Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.1 × 5.89 × 0.91 inPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Aurelius Augustine and Peter Lombard on Beatific Enjoyment-The Starting Point of the Debate Chapter 2. The Thirteenth Century-Setting up the Key Issues in the Debate Chapter 3. The Early Fourteenth-Century-The High Point of the Debate Regarding the Object and Psychology of Beatific Enjoyment Chapter 4. Early Fourteenth-Century Views of the Enjoymentof the Holy Trinity Chapter 5. Early Fourteenth-Century Views of the Contingencyof Beatific Enjoyment

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The book not only brings together the scholarship on the topic to date but maps out whole new areas for research and investigation.