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Tree of the philosophy of love

Llull wrote the Tree of the philosophy of love in 1298.

He uses the figure of the tree to define love through the roots, the trunk, the branches, the twigs, the leaves, flowers and fruits, that is to say, the tree structures the contents of the book, contents that are clearly mystical since they present the love of God.

This manuscript dates from the beginning of the 14th century and is preserved in the Diocesan Library of Palma de Mallorca.

Beneath the tree we see Ramon Llull talking to a lady who allegorically represents the Philosophy of Love, sister of the Philosophy of Knowledge. The Philosophy of Love complains that she has fewer followers than her sister, and Llull undertakes to make a Tree of the philosophy of love (1298) in the same way that he wrote Tree of science (1296).

Ramon Llull did not conceive knowledge or understanding without love, or love without knowledge. That is to say, he supported the union of science and love. The book was presented to master academics and to the Court of France, which appear in the upper part of the miniature, surrounding the upper leaf which reads “Deus” (God).

References to find out more:

Bonner, A., 2002. The structure of the Arbor scientiae In: Domínguez Reboiras, F., Villalba Varneda, P., Walter, P., ed. 2002. Arbor Scientiae: der Baum des Wissens von Ramon Lull. Akten des Internationalen Kongresses aus Anlass des 40-jährigen Jubiläums des Raimundus-Lullus-Instituts der Universität Freiburg i. Br., Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia. Subsidia Lulliana, 1. Turnhout: Brepols. pp. 21-34.

Viquipèdia (Catalan version), 2016. Anthony Bonner. [online] [Accessed 11 November 2016].

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