Mystics: Presence and Aporia / Edition 2

Mystics: Presence and Aporia / Edition 2

by Michael Kessler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226432106

ISBN-13: 9780226432106

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

Overview


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Mystics presents a collection of previously unpublished essays by prominent scholars that consider both the idea of mystics and mysticism.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.

Contributors:
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226432106
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Religion and Postmodernism Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface MICHAEL KESSLER AND CHRISTIAN SHEPPARD....................vii
Introduction: What Do We Mean by "Mystic"? JEAN-LUC MARION....................1
"Suddenly, Christ": The Place of Negative Theology in the Mystagogy of Dionysius Areopagites ALEXANDER GOLITZIN....................8
Thomas Aquinas and Onto-theo-logy JEAN-LUC MARION....................38
Between Mysticisms: The Trial of Joan of Arc FRANÇOISE MELTZER....................75
Unitrinum Seu Triunum: Nicholas of Cusa's Trinitarian Mysticism BERNARD McGINN....................90
Unmasking the Angel of Light: The Problem of Deception in Martin Luther and Teresa of Avila SUSAN SCHREINER....................118
From Ritual to Poetry: Herbert's Mystical Eucharist REGINA M. SCHWARTZ....................138
Mysticism and Catastrophe in Georges Bataille's Atheological Summa AMY HOLLYWOOD....................161
"The Experience of Nonexperience" KEVIN HART....................188
Locating the Mystical Subject THOMAS A. CARLSON....................207
Afterword: A Reflection on Mystics: Presence and Aporia DAVID TRACY....................239
List of Contributors....................245
Index....................247

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