Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative


Argues that the discourse of Jacob Boehme represents the return of Gnostic thought in modernity after a thousand year hiatus.
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Argues that the discourse of Jacob Boehme represents the return of Gnostic thought in modernity after a thousand year hiatus.
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O'Regan's Gnostic Apocalypse is exhaustively and densely argued ... O'Regan's significant contribution to scholarship-beyond the general need for books on thinkers such as Boehme-comes from his enticing suggestion that it is with such important thinkers as Hegel and Blake that Boehme's legacy lies and that, similarly, the sources of a thinker such as Hegel are to be found not only in the previous tradition of 'German idealism' represented by Kant among others but also in more marginal and theological figures as Boehme.— The Journal of Religion

"His scholarship is meticulous and this in itself guarantees the long term impact of the work. O'Regan has done a first-rate job in explaining Boehme, locating him within the complex strands of esoteric mystical speculation that streamed into the seventeenth century, and demonstrating the uniqueness of Boehme's own synthesis as a key transmitter of Gnostic structures into religious and philosophical movements of the modern world."— David Walsh, author of The Third Millennium: Reflections on Faith and Reason"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791452028
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyril O’Regan is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Heterodox Hegel and Gnostic Return in Modernity, both published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents



Part I: Visionary Pansophism and the Narrativity of the Divine

1. Narrative Trajectory of the Self-Manifesting Divine

1.1. Boehme's Six-Stage Narrative
1.2. Narrative Teleology: Narrative Codes
1.3. Trinitarian Configuration of Ontotheological Narrative

2. Discursive Contexts of Boehme's Visionary Narrative

2.1. Alchemy as Discursive Context and its Sublation
2.2. Narrative Deconstitution of Negative Theology

Part II: Metalepsis Unbounding

3. Nondistinctive Swerves: Boehme's Recapitulation of Minority Pre-Reformation and Post-Reformation Traditions

4. Distinctive Swerves: Toward Metalepsis

4.1. Distinctive Individual Hermenutic and Theological Swerves
4.2. Narrative Swerve: Metalepsis

5. Boehme's Visionary Discourse and the Limits of Metalepsis

Part III: Valentinianism and Valentinian Enlisting of Non-Valentinian Narrative Discourses

6. Boehme's Discourse and Valentinian Narrative Grammar

6.1. Toward Geneology

7. Apocalyptic in Boehme's Discourse and its Valentinian Enlisting

7.1. Apocalyptic Inscription and Distention

8. Neoplatonism in Boehme's Discourse and its Valentinian Enlisting

8.1. Valentinian Enlisitng of Neoplatonic Narratives

9. Kabbalah in Boehme's Discourse and its Valentinian Enlisting

9.1. Valentinian Enlisting of the Kabbalah

Conclusion: Genealogical Preface



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