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By Martin Lenz, Isabel Iribarren

The character and houses of angels occupied a renowned position in medieval philosophical inquiry. Creatures of 2 worlds, angels supplied excellent floor for exploring the character of God and his construction, being perceived as 'models' in line with which a complete variety of questions have been outlined, from cosmological order, move and position, to individuation, cognition, volition, and modes of language. This choice of essays is an important scholarly contribution to angelology, concentrated at the functionality and value of angels in medieval hypothesis and its historical past. The unifying subject matter is that of the function of angels in philosophical inquiry, the place every one contribution represents a case examine within which the angelic version is visible to encourage advancements in particular components and sessions of medieval philosophical inspiration.

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Column 4, however, reintroduces the distinction between the higher life of contemplation and the lesser life of activity. For Bonaventure – the friar and the writer of the Life of St Francis (1263) – the souls that are the most hierarchized, the most filled with the Spirit, the most contemplative, the most comparable with the Seraphim, the Cherubim and the Thrones, are found in the holiest of the religious orders, in their greatest representative, St Francis himself, in the Mendicant orders and in the orders of Cistercian monks and of Praemonstratensian canons.

DEPLATONISING THE CELESTIAL HIERARCHY 37 for the number of fallen angels in the celestial court. The same position is defended in the course of the commentary, against Aquinas’s distinction between the ‘rational’ nature of humans and the ‘intellectual’ nature of angels. Although such a distinction is indeed grounded on the text itself, Olivi insists that Dionysius is not talking here about the respective essences of humans and angels, but only of their hierarchical status. Furthermore, he opposes to this distinction the well-known promise that ‘we will be like angels in heaven’ (Mt.

94–9, cautiously attributed these definitions to Alan of Lille. 9 Hierarchia, in Alain de Lille, ed. d’Alverny, pp. 223–35; Expositio prosae de angelis, in Alain de Lille, ed. d’Alverny, pp. 206–10; Sermo in die sancti Michaelis, in Alain de Lille, ed. d’Alverny, pp. 249–51. g. men of the cloister To invite men to love the world Men who prefer love of the world to love of God To prevent men from knowing God Wicked men who prefer to study worldly wisdom Fullness of knowledge To guide men Holy students to divine of Scripture knowledge and understanding Sitting in judgement To invite Men who judge Seducers men to justly and not of men discriminate rashly between good and evil Prelates and terrestrial princes who do not uphold the order of justice To teach men to obey and to revere their leaders Men who disobey their superiors and rule their inferiors unreasonably Hyperphany = Dominations Obedient to media visio (qui superiors; set huiusilluminat over inferiors ionis particeps est altiori intelligentia insignitur) Principalities Rulers of the (from iper = lower orders post and phanes = apparitio) Powers The chief function of the angelic orders towards men Invigilators of demons and of the airy powers Men who duly To invite obey their men to prelates and rule disobey their subjects reasonably Men who rule To instruct princes how their subjects to rule their justly people (or to teach men how to show reverence to rulers) Promoters Men who of tyrannical prefer to governments dominate their subjects rather than be of benefit to them To teach men how to resist demonic temptations To resist Men who the Powers suggest evils to others Defenders of the good against the wicked; virile opponents of diabolic suggestions HIERARCHIES IN THE WRITINGS Hypophany = inferior visio (from ipo = sub and phanes = visio) 19 Virtues Agents of divine miracles Men with a To deceive special talent men with for performing prestigia wonders Men who pursue prestigia and divinations Archangels Messengers for greater heavenly pronouncements WellTo suggest intentioned abominable preachers heresies of the more sublime truths concerning God Inventors of abominable heretical testimonies concerning God Angels Messengers for lesser heavenly announcements Protectors of those beneath them; teachers and preachers of lesser truths Lesser heretics deceived by greater ones To suggest falsehoods concerning God Sources among Alan’s writings: Hierarchia, ed.

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