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Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I"

Charles M. Stang

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199640423
eISBN:
9780191738234
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640423.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This book argues that the pseudonym, Dionysius the Areopagite, and the influence of Paul together constitute the best interpretive lens for understanding the Corpus Dionysiacum [CD]. This book ... More


Ideals of Church and State in the Sixth Century

Dominic J. O’Meara

in Platonopolis: Platonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199285532
eISBN:
9780191717819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285532.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter interprets the Christian ecclesiology of the Pseudo-Dionysius as an adaptation of Neoplatonic political philosophy. A text of the same period (the reign of Justinian), the anonymous ... More


 Sacred Arrangements: Balthasar, Flannery O'Connor, and the Glory of the Lord

Michael Patrick Murphy

in A Theology of Criticism: Balthasar, Postmodernism, and the Catholic Imagination

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195333527
eISBN:
9780199868896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333527.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 3 focuses on Balthasar's theological aesthetics as a well‐articulated critical methodology. Balthasar's fusion of aesthetics with history forges both a Christology and an analogy of being ... More


Negative Theology and Conversion: Derrida's Neoplatonic Compulsions

Stephen Gersh

in Derrida and Antiquity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199545544
eISBN:
9780191720598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545544.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter concentrates on two of Derrida's texts, How to Avoid Speaking: Denials and Circumfession, in order to show how the author reads major figures within the Platonic or Neoplatonic ... More


Silence and presence: ineffability in ancient and medieval Western thought

Noam Reisner

in Milton and the Ineffable

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199572625
eISBN:
9780191721892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572625.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines a number of key stages in the development of speculative ideas about the ineffable, from the Exodus account of Moses' prophetic appointment by the burning bush, through Greek ... More


The Translator

John J. O’Meara

in Eriugena

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198266747
eISBN:
9780191683084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266747.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Édouard Jeauneau in a stimulating article, ‘Jean Scot Érigène et le grec’, addresses himself to the three following questions: what motives and impulsions influenced Eriugena to translate the works ... More


Formative trends in twelfth-century political life

Jean Dunbabin

in France in the Making 843–1180

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208464
eISBN:
9780191678028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208464.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The appointment of a Benedictine abbot as chief adviser to the king was sufficiently unusual to call to mind Benedict of Aniane's position in the early years of Louis the Pious's reign. Though ... More


Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Jason Scully

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book demonstrates that Isaac’s eschatology is an original synthesis based on ideas garnered from a distinctively Syriac cultural milieu. This cultural milieu includes ideas adapted from Syriac ... More


Representing Angels: Images and Theory

Glenn Peers

in Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520224056
eISBN:
9780520925137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520224056.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

Christians accepted figured, material signs for contemplation and worship. This acceptance represents a mode of approach completely separate from the literalist and intellectual conception. The most ... More


On the Names of God

Laclau Ernesto

in Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226443
eISBN:
9780823237043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226443.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter formalizes the irreducibility of difference in the constitution of the political with a central insight of mysticism. By way of a powerful rereading of ... More


The Cloud of Unknowing and Related Tracts

Wolfgang Riehle

in The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines The Cloud of Unknowing and the texts related to it. The Cloud of Unknowing, attributed to a late fourteenth-century young author, continues the English apophatic tradition. ... More


Conclusion: The Limits of Angelology

Ellen Muehlberger

in Angels in Late Ancient Christianity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199931934
eISBN:
9780199332991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931934.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The sixth-century Syrian texts written under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite had a special place in early Christian history, as they were taken as the writings of a first-century philosopher who ... More


The Medieval Dialectic

Andrew Cole

in The Birth of Theory

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226135397
eISBN:
9780226135564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226135564.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Hegel’s dialectic is, fundamentally, the dialectic of identity/difference, and this chapter places the dialectic of identity/difference into historical perspective, asking (and then showing) when, ... More


The Mystical Abyss: Via Negativa

An Yountae

in The Decolonial Abyss: Mysticism and Cosmopolitics from the Ruins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823273072
eISBN:
9780823273126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823273072.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the notion of the abyss as it has been developed within the tradition of Western philosophy and theology. It traces the abyss back to its first inception in Neoplatonic ... More


Absolute Difference

Kathryn Tanner

in Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823253951
eISBN:
9780823260980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253951.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter questions easy assumptions regarding unity and diversity as unproblematic ethical or philosophical values in and of themselves. It then examines the evolution of the doctrine of the ... More


Toward the Sacramental Saint

Phil Booth

in Crisis of Empire: Doctrine and Dissent at the End of Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520280427
eISBN:
9780520956582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520280427.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Against recent attempts to present the Council of Chalcedon (451) as the definitive watershed in the reconciliation of late antique ascetics and clerics, this chapter points to continued intellectual ... More


Introduction

in All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226388700
eISBN:
9780226388724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226388724.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Christians face a conundrum when it comes to naming God, for if God is unnamable, as theologians maintain, he can also be called by every name. His proper name is thus an open-ended, all-encompassing ... More


Suger, Abbot of S-Denis, and the Rhetoric of Persuasion: Manipulating Reality and Producing Meaning

Stephen Murray

in Plotting Gothic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226191805
eISBN:
9780226191942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226191942.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The abbey church of S-Denis, just to the northwest of Paris, has assumed a most significant place in traditional stories as the starting point of Gothic. Abbot Suger has been credited with a direct ... More


As it is in Heaven: Vesture and the Unseen World

Warren T. Woodfin

in The Embodied Icon: Liturgical Vestments and Sacramental Power in Byzantium

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199592098
eISBN:
9780191808302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199592098.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that aside from the interrelationship between the church and imperial court hierarchies, there is third, heavenly one led by Christ which could also reflect the hierarchies of the ... More


The Greek Sources for Isaac of Nineveh’s Development of Wonder and Astonishment

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows that Isaac derives specific definitions for the ecstatic experience of wonder and astonishment from Syriac translations of two sources that were originally written in Greek: ... More


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