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Knowing God by Experience: The Spiritual Senses in the Theology of William of Auxerre
Author of the first true summa of theology, William of Auxerre (d. 1231), early magister at the University of Paris, is considered a seminal figure in early thirteenth-century scholasticism. From the uncertain climate of the late twelfth century, William’s Summa Aurea emerges with impressive originality and scope. Scholars have long recognized his contribution to the evolu ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 255 pages
Published May 14th 2004 by Catholic University of America Press
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Boyd Taylor Coolman's doctoral dissertation turned book engages a fascinating topic and figure, but does not rise to expectations. Coolman proposes to treat William of Auxerre as a key figure in the recovery of the patristic tradition of the spiritual senses. The introduction and final chapter on the Eucharist are superb. The chapters in the middle varied widely in quality. Some chapters were thin to the point of painful redundancy. Others gave satisfying surveys of portions of William's theolog ...more