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Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages
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Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages

Michelle Karnes


This book revises the history of medieval imagination with a detailed analysis of its role in the period's meditations and theories of cognition. The book understands imagination in its technical, philosophical sense, taking its cue from Bonaventure, the thirteenth-century scholastic theologian and philosopher who provided the first sustained account of how the philosophical imagination could be transformed into a devotional one. The book examines Bonaventure's meditational works, the Meditationes vitae Christi, the Stimulis amoris, Piers Plowman, and Nicholas Love's Myrrour, among others, and ... More

Keywords: medieval imagination, Bonaventure, meditations, Christ, medieval philosophy, imaginative meditation, Middle Ages, cognitive work, imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226425313
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226425337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Karnes, author