This Art is useful in the highest degree and has
many valuable features.
How this Art is useful to you
First, it is useful on account of its general
and transcendental character because its principles belong to the highest
order of generality and are true, necessary and primordial (as has been
shown) and the principles of other sciences can be tested with them.
Thus, the Art is a way to gain access to any faculty of study, and not
only in speculative areas such as theoretical physics, mathematics, metaphysics
and theology, but also in the fields of psychology, the moral sciences,
linguistics, mechanics as well as medicine, canon law and civil law.
And there is nothing out of bounds for this Art in which all things are
seen to emanate from one source; it is most useful as a very bright light
that the intellect can use to destroy its enemy, namely ignorance.
It is most useful to you as a learning tool because it comprehends many
things in a small number of loci without any instability and while you
discourse with it, all things fall into place in its loci where they can
be readily retrieved by your memory.
And it is extremely useful because it is lofty and profound when
it discourses in the most lofty and profound way about God and all the
articles of faith while proving them to be true.
It is useful in the highest degree because it can reach into all the subtlest
And finally, it is most useful because by applying it you can learn more
in one year than anyone could ordinarily expect to learn in twelve years,
as many have experienced, and it is worth infinitely more than gold as
it provides broad and ample access to acquiring perfect science in a short
time to those who put it to use, as you can see when you consider its layout
Fr. Bernard de Lavinheta, O.F.M., in his Practical
Compendium of the Art of Blessed Raymond Lull. First published in Latin,
in France, in 1523 and reprinted by Minerva in Germany in 1977, in a critical
edition by Fr. Wolfram Platzek O.F.M. This English translation from the
Latin by Yanis Dambergs, May 1999.
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