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Richard of Saint-Victor
Richard of Saint-Victor, On the Trinity
Prologue and Six Books

A. Rydstrøm-Poulsen
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304 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59412-5
Languages: English, Latin
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Richard of Saint-Victor’s On The Trinity from the 12th century is a main source for our understanding of a leading intellectual tradition of the Western world in which love was regarded the highest and the best in the human world and therefore also was the reality in which the highest and the best, God, was to be seen. Richard understands human love as interpersonal so that love must be realized between two persons, but for being the highest love that excludes any private and selfish love, both loving persons must share their love with a third person.

Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen is MTh University of Aarhus 1978, PhD University of Copenhagen 1993, Visiting Scholar at Western Michigan University 1993 and 1995-98, and Dr.Theol. University of Copenhagen 2002 with a dissertation on The Gracious God. 'Gratia' in Augustine and the Twelfth Century (Akademisk Forlag 2002). He has published on the medieval history of theology. Since 2004 he is the chair of the Department of Theology at the University of Greenland, in 2008 president of the University, since 2018 dean of the Institute of Culture, Language, and History.

Table of Contents


1. Richard of Saint-Victor and the 12th Century
a. The Augustinian Tradition
b. Human Love
c. Richard’s Influence

2. Richard and Saint-Victor
a. The Abbey
b. Monastery and School
c. Internationalism
d. The Death of Richard

3. The Theological Method
a. Faith and Reason
b. Reason and Experience
c. The Augustinian-Anselmian Tradition
d. The Necessary Reasons
e. Reason and Mysticism

4. Love and Trinity
a. Love and the Highest Love
b. Caritas ordinata and amor discretus
c. Condilectio
d. Unity and Plurality in Love
e. Anthropomorphism?

Richard of Saint-Victor, De Trinitate / On The Trinity
Latin Text and English Translation side by side.

Index of Names

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : religious orders
Orders of canons regular
Christian Theology & Theologians
Early Medieval (c. 650-1200)
Scholastic (c. 1200-1500)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature

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