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The contemplative and the mixed lives at Syon

Alexandra da Costa

in Reforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199653560
eISBN:
9780191742026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653560.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter demonstrates that the brethren's outward focus co-existed, if uneasily, with a continued commitment to contemplation. Well aware of late medieval criticism of the monastic life, most ... More


Aristotle: Philosophy as Two Ways of Life

John M. Cooper

in Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691138602
eISBN:
9781400842322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691138602.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses the Aristotelian way of life. For Aristotle, philosophy is not a way of life, as it was for Socrates. It is two distinct ones. Aristotle's contemplatives are, of course, ... More


Identity: The Name ‘Therapeutae’ and the Essenes

Joan E. Taylor

in Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199291410
eISBN:
9780191700637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

It is important to recognize at the very start that our information about the community described by Philo in De Vita Contemplativa is embedded in rhetoric. It is usual in scholarship to refer to the ... More


Placements: The Geographical and Social Locations of the Mareotic Group

Joan E. Taylor

in Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199291410
eISBN:
9780191700637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

It is easy to configure the Mareotic group in the light of later Christian monasteries, and become blind to the evidence that Philo provides in his text. For Philo and for others in the Graeco-Roman ... More


Contemplation and Action in Aristotle and Aquinas

Mary Catherine Sommers

in Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198749639
eISBN:
9780191814839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749639.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This Chapter treats Thomas Aquinas’ final consideration of the meaning of contemplation, which occurs in the Summa theologiae in conjunction with his assessment of the best kind of human life. The ... More


The Philosophia of Ioudaismos

Joan E. Taylor

in Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199291410
eISBN:
9780191700637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

Philo does not expect his audience to think of his philosophers in De Vita Contemplativa as being associated with cultic activities at an actual temple. Instead, he uses them as exemplars of the bios ... More


Vocations and Viae

Mark D. Jordan

in Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823273782
eISBN:
9780823273836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823273782.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The last section of the moral part of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae concerns special graces and states of life. It might seem a supplement or appendix to the main treatment of virtues. In fact, ... More


The Imitation of God: Maimonides on the Active and the Contemplative Life

Diana Lobel

in The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153157
eISBN:
9780231527019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153157.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines Moses Maimonides's philosophical reflections on active life and contemplative life. Maimonides struggles to reconcile the contemplative and the active ways of life. He accepts ... More


Adam of Dryburgh

Peter Damian-Grint

in The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198759331
eISBN:
9780191819889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198759331.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Theology

This chapter explores the life and theology of Adam of Dryburgh. Overtaken by love for the contemplative life, Adam became a preacher, an abbot, and a prolific theologian. The fact that Adam was in ... More


Afterword: Holiness, Reason, and Romanticism

Lenn E. Goodman

in Holiness in Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198796497
eISBN:
9780191837760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796497.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Romanticism favors feeling over reason, first separating and isolating the two. Taking too narrow a view of reason, both admirers and detractors may regard religion as a blind leap of faith. But a ... More


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