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Bonaventure ( BON-ə-ven-chər, -⁠VEN-; Italian: Bonaventura da Bagnoregio [ˌbɔnavenˈtuːra da (b)baɲɲoˈrɛːdʒo]; Latin: Bonaventura de Balneoregio; born Giovanni di Fidanza; 1221 – 15 July 1274) was an Italian Catholic Franciscan bishop, cardinal, scholastic theologian and philosopher. The seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he also served for a time as Bishop of Albano. He was canonised on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1588 by Pope Sixtus V, becoming known as the "Seraphic Doctor" (Latin: Doctor Seraphicus). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bonaventure has received more than 1,090,808 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Bonaventure is the 125th most popular philosopher (up from 131st in 2019), the 299th most popular biography from Italy (down from 286th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Bonaventure is most famous for his writings on the soul. He was a Franciscan monk who wrote a book called The Soul's Journey into God.

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Among philosophers, Bonaventure ranks 125 out of 1,267Before him are Chanakya, Tommaso Campanella, Mozi, Charles Fourier, John Venn, and Ramon Llull. After him are Philo, Joseph Priestley, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Ernst Cassirer, Marsilio Ficino, and Friedrich Fröbel.

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Among people born in 1221, Bonaventure ranks 1After him are Alfonso X of Castile, Margaret of Provence, Al-Adil II, Theodore II Laskaris, Yesü Möngke, Qara Hülegü, and Salimbene di Adam. Among people deceased in 1274, Bonaventure ranks 2Before him is Thomas Aquinas. After him are Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Robert de Sorbon, Henry I of Navarre, Emperor Duzong, Wonjong of Goryeo, Prince Munetaka, and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

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Among people born in Italy, Bonaventure ranks 299 out of 5,161Before him are Germanicus (-15), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Umberto I of Italy (1844), Pope Damasus I (305), Pope John X (860), and Pope Adrian V (1205). After him are Carlo Goldoni (1707), Michelangelo Antonioni (1912), Pope Pius I (90), Pope Paschal I (775), Paolo Uccello (1475), and Pope Gelasius I (410).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Bonaventure ranks 13Before him are Zeno of Elea (-490), Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), and Tommaso Campanella (1568). After him are Marsilio Ficino (1433), Giambattista Vico (1668), Hippasus (-600), Cesare Beccaria (1738), Benedetto Croce (1866), and Julius Evola (1898).