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 an historical explanation for the distinctive combination of argument and devotion that this treatise exhibits. Part I 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 II reassesses the conflicting views about faith and reason in the immediate background of the Proslogion (the Eucharistic controversy, the publication of the Monologion). Part III 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.
ISBN (tryckt)978-90-04-42320-6
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-90-04-42666-5
Status!!Accepted/In press - 2020
MoE-publikationstypC1 Separata vetenskapliga böcker


NamnAnselm Studies and Texts
ISSN (tryckt)2468-4333


  • 611 Filosofi
  • 614 Teologi
  • 615 Historia och arkeologi

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Holopainen, T. J. (Accepterad/under tryckning). A Historical Study of Anselm's Proslogion: Argument, Devotion and Rhetoric. (Anselm Studies and Texts; Nr. 02). Brill .