A Historical Study of Anselm's Proslogion: Argument, Devotion and Rhetoric

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The study offers a new overall interpretation of Anselm’s Proslogion by providing a historical explanation for the distinctive combination of argument and devotion that this treatise exhibits. Part 1 clarifies Anselm’s outlook on the central arguments in the treatise by offering a careful analysis of the ‘single argument’, the discovery of which Anselm announces in the preface. Part 2 reassesses the conflicting views about faith and reason in the immediate background of the Proslogion (the Eucharistic controversy, the publication of the Monologion). Part 3 examines the Proslogion from a rhetorical perspective and argues that applying the ‘single argument’ in a devotional setting constitutes a subtle attempt to affect the audience’s ideas about method in theology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages238
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-42320-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-42666-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Publication series

NameAnselm Studies and Texts
ISSN (Print)2468-4333

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • 614 Theology
  • 615 History and Archaeology

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