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Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates : The Complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter

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"Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates provides a thorough and reliable analysis of the discussion of medieval beatific enjoyment, enriching our awareness of the epistemic, moral, and psychological resources of this fascinating subject."---RISTO SAARINEN, University of Helsinki

"Severin Valentinov Kitanov's thorough analysis reveals the tremendous complexity and diversity of medieval views not just on beatitude but also on freedom, the passions, and cognition. Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates is invaluable for philosophers and medievalists alike, on topics from natural theology to moral psychology and beyond."---EILEEN SWEENEY, Boston College

"The book not only brings together the scholarship on the topic to date but maps out whole new areas for research and investigation."---MICHAEL DUNNE, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates examines the religious concept of enjoyment as discussed by scholastic theologians in the Latin Middle Ages. Severin Valentinov 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. Then 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 Valentinov Kitanov is assistant professor of philosophy at Salem State University.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 285
Genre: Philosophy, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Author: Severin Valentinov Kitanov
Language: English
Street Date: March 27, 2017
TCIN: 53526280
UPC: 9781498556484
Item Number (DPCI): 248-80-7571

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