<biography, history of philosophy> Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y AhumadaSpanish mystic (1515-1582). Teresa's The Way of Perfection (1566) and The Interior Castle sharply distinguished intellectual from volitional portions of human nature and recommended the total surrender of the soul to god through both prayerful meditation and ecstatic union with the divine. Recommended Reading: The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself, tr. by J.M. Cohen (Penguin, 1988); Rowan Williams, Teresa of Avila (Continuum, 2000); and Cathleen Medwick, Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul (Doubleday, 2001).
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