Mystics: Presence and Aporia / Edition 2by Michael Kessler
Pub. Date: 11/28/2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
When we speak of mystics, we normally think of people who have confessed extraordinary experiences of divine presence. But mysticism can also refer to the ways that people have described and explained such phenomena—ways that challenge our normal modes of thinking and believing. And the study of mystics can show problems inherent to experience and… See more details below
When we speak of mystics, we normally think of people who have confessed extraordinary experiences of divine presence. But mysticism can also refer to the ways that people have described and explained such phenomena—ways that challenge our normal modes of thinking and believing. And the study of mystics can show problems inherent to experience and language—how to speak and think about what affects people but lies beyond language or thought.
Mystics presents a collection of previously unpublished essays by prominent scholars that consider both the idea of mystics and mysticism. The contributors offer detailed discussions of a variety of mystics from history, including Dionysius the Areopagite, Thomas Aquinas, Joan of Arc, Nicholas of Cusa, Saint Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, and George Herbert. Essays on mysticism in George Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, and contemporary technology bring the volume into the twenty-first century.
For anyone interested in the state of current thinking about mysticism, this collection will be an essential touchstone.
Thomas A. Carlson, Alexander Golitzin, Kevin Hart, Amy Hollywood, Michael Kessler, Jean-Luc Marion, Bernard McGinn, Françoise Meltzer, Susan Schreiner, Regina M. Schwartz, Christian Sheppard, David Tracy
Table of Contents
|Introduction: What Do We Mean by "Mystic"?||1|
|"Suddenly, Christ": The Place of Negative Theology in the Mystagogy of Dionysius Areopagites||8|
|Thomas Aquinas and Onto-theo-logy||38|
|Between Mysticisms: The Trial of Joan of Arc||75|
|Unitrinum Seu Triunum: Nicholas of Cusa's Trinitarian Mysticism||90|
|Unmasking the Angel of Light: The Problem of Deception in Martin Luther and Teresa of Avila||118|
|From Ritual to Poetry: Herbert's Mystical Eucharist||138|
|Mysticism and Catastrophe in Georges Bataille's: Atheological Summa||161|
|"The Experience of Nonexperience"||188|
|Locating the Mystical Subject||207|
|Afterword: A Reflection on Mystics: Presence and Aporia||239|
|List of Contributors||245|
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