Mustard Seeds in the Public Square: Between and Beyond Theology, Philosophy, and Society

Mustard Seeds in the Public Square: Between and Beyond Theology, Philosophy, and Society


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This volume seeks to explore the intersection of theology, philosophy and the public sphere not by referring the social and political to ethics and deontology as is often the case, but rather to ontology itself, to the very nature of beings. The meaning of history and historicity is most pertinent to this enquiry and is approached here both from the perspective of social reality and from the perspective of ontology. Joining together contributions focusing on theory of the public sphere and metaphysics, chapters explore subjects as diverse as the political implications of the Incarnation, the paradox between ontology and history, politically left and right appropriations of Christianity, the fecundity of Maximus the Confessor’s insights for a contemporary political philosophy, modern Orthodox political theology focusing on Christos Yannaras and numerous thematic areas that together form the mosaic of the enquiry in question.

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ISBN-13: 9781622732463
Publisher: Vernon Art and Science
Publication date: 08/03/2017
Series: Vernon Series in Philosophy
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Sotiris Mitralexis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the City University of Istanbul and Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, as well as Visiting Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge (January-April 2017). He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin (2014) and his degree in Classics from the University of Athens. His publications include Ludwig Wittgenstein Between Analytic Philosophy and Apophaticism (2015) and Ever-Moving Repose: A Contemporary Reading of Maximus the Confessor's Theory of Time (2017).

Jonathan Cole is a research member of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Canberra, Australia, and a doctoral candidate in Political Theology at the School of Theology CSU. He has an MA specializing in Middle Eastern politics and Islamic theology from the Australian National University. He also has a BA Honors in Modern Greek language and history.

Chris Durante is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Religious Studies, Manhattan College. He holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Understanding the “Real” through consciousness and history: Maximus the Confessor’s vision of the One Logos in many logoi and Hegel’s progressive consciousness

Chrysostom Gr. Tympas

Chapter Two

Elements of a postmodern political philosophy à propos Maximus the Confessor’s ontology of mode

Dionysios Skliris

Chapter Three

The communo-centric political theology of Christos Yannaras in conversation with Oliver O’Donovan

Jonathan Cole

Chapter Four

An ontology of the historico-social: Christos Yannaras’ reading of European history

Sotiris Mitralexis

Chapter Five

Symphonia as a social ethic: toward an Orthodox Christian multiculturalism

Chris Durante

Chapter Six

Asceticism and creative destruction: on ontology and economic history

Dylan Pahman

Chapter Seven

The common path of ontology and history: Orthodoxy and theology of liberation in dialogue

Angelos Gounopoulos

Chapter Eighth

Mustard seeds and the eschaton: how an Aristotelian metaphysics solves the paradox between history and eschatology

Marc W. Cole

Chapter Nine

The Incarnation a saturated phenomenon: between ontology, phenomenology and theology

Daniel Isai

Chapter Ten

Potency of God: hypostaticity and living being in Gregory Palamas

Raffaele Guerra

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