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Richard of St Victor (d. 1173)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B099-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Richard is most famous for his contemplative doctrine, which is based on a biblical anthropology that involves a philosophical psychology and noetic theory. Richard’s writings should be understood in the context of Hugh of St Victor’s programme for a complete theological pedagogy, organized according to the threefold sense of Scripture (literal, allegorical, tropological). Richard’s specifically exegetical works include an encyclopedic introduction to the methods of interpreting Scripture, the Liber exceptionum, and important commentaries on the Apocalypse and Ezekiel. Like Hugh, he stresses that the literal sense of Scripture is the foundation of its spiritual senses.

Citing this article:
Emery, Kent. Richard of St Victor (d. 1173), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B099-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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