Richard’s Trinitarian argument in De Trinitate: an analytic overview

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De Trinitate is the culmination of the Ricardine corpus. Where many of Richard’s earlier works address discrete theological questions, De Trinitate integrates previous findings into a single, sustained case. The heart of the treatise is Richard’s argument for three, and only three, divine persons. The spiritual, psychological, and intellective aims of De Trinitate are best achieved if its constitutive arguments are sound, and we must grasp its arguments to fully appreciate the treatise. Its clarity and the simplicity of its prose has, unfortunately, led many to consider De Trinitate too superficially. Yet, the treatise develops a serious, subtle progression of arguments – all of which require a serious and sophisticated reading. To help us achieve such a reading, this chapter provides a step-by-step outline of the core trinitarian argument. Accompanying the analytic précis is some exposition and defense at key points along the way.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOmnium expetendorum prima est sapientia
Subtitle of host publicationstudies on Victorine thought and influence
EditorsDominique Poirel, Marcin Jan Janecki
Place of PublicationTurnhout
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9782503596549
ISBN (Print)9782503596501
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameBibliotheca Victorina
ISSN (Print)1251-6929
ISSN (Electronic)2565-9294


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