A Forced March Towards Beatitude: Christian Trottmann’s Histoire of the Beati W c Vision KENT EMERY, JR. Christian Trottmann, La vision béati W que des disputes scolastiques à sa dé W nition par Benoît XII École Française de Rome, Rome 1995 899 pp. with 3 plates (Bibliothèque des Écoles Françaises d’Athénes et de Rome 289). The medieval discussion of the beati W c vision involves fundamental questions about the metaphysical and psychological structure of intelligent creatures in relation to God; it tests noetic theories at their outer limits; it disputes the ultimate ethical ends of human life; it entails logical para- doxes that require sophisticated treatment; it likewise involves crucial hermeneutical questions about the interpretation of “divine” and human writings. In his abridged(!) doctoral thesis, from the topical vantage point of the beati W c vision (than which only one can be higher), Christian Trottmann surveys the universal progress of medieval theories of knowl- edge, focusing on the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries until Benedict XII’s dogmatic Constitution, Benedictus Deus (1336), but casting his sight backwards to the early Church fathers and glancing forward to the theological discussions of our own day. Trottmann’s book is an encyclopedia and
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