Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Anselm’s acceptance of three sources for knowledge of God (in reason, the teaching authority of the Bible and church, and experience) is used to try to overcome the conventional opposition between philosophers and theologians on how Anselm should be interpreted. In particular, due note is taken of aesthetic aspects to his search for understanding and also the various ways in which these might contribute to the holding of his three epistemic sources in creative tension and all within an ideal of monastic contemplation. This aesthetic perspective is explored well beyond its customary location in Cur Deus Homo to include other writings such as On Truth, the Proslogion, and On the Procession of the Holy Spirit. This chapter ends by acknowledging the limitations inherent in Anselm’s approach.

Keywords: aesthetics, authority, Bible, contemplation, experience, Holy Spirit, reason, truth

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.