<history of philosophy, biography> franciscan philosopher and theologian, known also as Giovanni di Fidanza (1221-1274). Following Augustine, Bonaventure held that reason is valuable only in support of faith. Bonaventure's philosophy was predominantly neoplatonic; he accepted Aristotle's philosophical principles only when they could be used in service of his Christian aims, but argued against the eternal reality of the universe. In Itinerarium mentis in deum (The Journey of the Mind to God) (1259) he argued that human beings, as emanations of the deity, embody a footprint (Lat. Vestiguum) of the divine nature. Recommended Reading: Etienne Gilson, The Philosophy of St. Bonaventure (Franciscan, 1965).
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