A Dwelling Place For Wisdom / Edition 1

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World-renowned philosopher of religion Raimon Panikkar sees wisdom as the art and knowledge of life and a source of happiness and joy—a dwelling place where people are blessed. In this book he discusses four major issues: an existential feminist approach to life and knowldge, a catholic and less fragmented anthropology, a recovery of the most ancient meaning of philosophy, and how to preserve one's own identity without being shallow, indifferent, or exclusive. He provides a distinctive practical resource for individuals wanting to experience wisdom.

Religious philosopher Panikkar sees wisdom as our universe, our world, our Mother Earth, and as a source of happiness and joy--a dwelling place where people are blessed. Here he discusses wisdom in the context of four different areas: an existential feminine approach; a less fragmented anthropology; its most ancient meaning in philosophy; and the preservation of its identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253622
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Raimon Panikkar has lived and studied in Spain, Germany, Italy, India and the United States. He was ordained as a Catholic priest and is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After teaching Sanskrit in Madrid, philosophy in Rome, indology in Bangalore, and comparative religion at Harvard and in California, he now lives in the mountains of Catalunya. He has written some forty books and more than nine hundred articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
I Preparing a Dwelling Place for Wisdom 7
Wisdom 7
A Dwelling Place 13
Preparing 19
Questions and Answers on Wisdom 26
II Quaternitas Perfecta: The Fourfold Nature of Man 31
First Center: Earth and Body 35
Second Center: Water and Self 42
Third Center: Fire and Being 51
Fourth Center: Air and Spirit 58
Questions and Answers on the "Perfect Fourfoldness" 70
III Philosophy as Life-style 77
About the Person 82
The Wisdom of Love 88
The Existential Venture 92
The Intellectual Burden 94
Spiritual Freedom 99
Questions and Answers on Life-style 99
IV Trisangam: Jordan, Tiber, and Ganges 109
The Dilemma 109
Five Epochs of Christian History 114
Lessons Learned from History 118
Methodological Principles 121
Three Geo-Theological Moments 122
Dialogue Between a Hindu-Vedantin and a Christian Theologian 129
Three Attitudes: Christendom, Christianity, Christianness 134
Three Problems 140
Conclusions 150
The Cosmotheandric Christ 152
This Is You: Questions and Answers in Summary 153
Abbreviations 161
Notes 163
Glossary 171
Sources 179
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