STEP 6. THE
SEARCH FOR VALUE AND MEANING.
Reality as goodness. The highest good
step deals with the nature of value and the highest good in human life. After
speaking about being (cf. previous step), Bonaventure now discusses the nature
of reality in the aspect of goodness, or reality as good. The highest good, for
Bonaventure, is God, or the principle that lies beyond our personal life. A
particular kind of good and perfection—the "Christian good"—lies
in the nature of Christ and the
contemplation of Christ. Taking into consideration the Bonaventurian idea of the
true that always needs to be grounded in the good, this step teaches us that all
learning must be directed towards achieving some ideal of value and finally the
“eternal goodness,” “which forcibly strikes the eyes of our mind with
The nature of
goodness and value
6.2, 4-5, 7
Text of Step 6, transl. by O. Bychkov
Emily. “Apparently With No Surprise.” “A Fly Buzzed By.” “Because I
Could Not Stop For Death.” Poems.
Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1955.
"Christian good" and the Christian perspective on value (Christ as the
New Testament. Matthew, 5, 6, 7
“Journey of the Magi.” Complete Poems
1909-62. NY: Harcourt Brace Javonovich, 1991.
consumer society values
Don. White Noise. NY: Viking, 1985,
chapters 1-6, 10.