STEP 7. ‘LET
US BEGIN AGAIN’: THE JOY OF DISCOVERY.
Attaining the end. Various aspects of discovery
the last chapter of the Itinerarium,
Bonaventure speaks of the need to reach a “transport of contemplation on the
mountain height,” a point of rest and the state of inner peace after the
journey (cf. the mention of peace in Step 1). According to Bonaventure, the end
of our intellectual journey when we attain the end of contemplation is
accompanied by joy and crowned by the state of rest, which is the height of
learning. This step embraces those instances in intellectual, religious, and
cultural experience that best illustrate the joy of discovery. The general theme
of this step can be described as the journey or way towards some spiritual
perfection, attaining the goal, and the joy experienced from it.
Text of Step 7, transl. by O. Bychkov
“The Ascent of Mount Ventoux.” In The
Renaissance Philosophy of Man, ed. Cassirer, Kristeller, Randall. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1948,
Inferno, canto 1; Paradiso,
canto 33. Trans. Geoffrey L. Bickersteth. London: Basi Blackewell, 1981.
on the way
Thomas. The Seven Storey Mountain. NY:
Harcourt Brace: 1976 (rpt.). Pp. 402-15.
Trans. William Arrowsmith. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959.