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Filaments: Theological Profiles: Selected Essays, Volume 2

Filaments: Theological Profiles: Selected Essays, Volume 2

by David Tracy

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In the second volume of his two-volume collection of essays from the 1980s to 2018, renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy gathers profiles of significant theologians, philosophers, and religious thinkers. These essays, he suggests, can be thought of in terms of Walt Whitman’s “filaments,” which are thrown out from the speaking self to others—ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary—in order to be caught elsewhere.

Filaments arranges its subjects in rough chronological order, from choices in ancient theology, such as Augustine, through the likes of William of St. Thierry in the medieval period and Martin Luther and Michelangelo in the early modern, and, finally, to modern and contemporary thinkers, including Bernard Lonergan, Paul Tillich, Simone Weil, Karl Rahner, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Iris Murdoch. Taken together, these essays can be understood as a partial initiation into a history of Christian theology defined by Tracy’s key virtues of plurality and ambiguity. Marked by surprising insights and connections, Filaments brings the work of one of North America’s most important religious thinkers once again to the forefront to be celebrated by longtime and new readers alike.

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ISBN-13: 9780226567327
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/06/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 335,259
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and professor of theology and the philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago, where he also served on the Committee on Social Thought. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of many influential essays and ten books, including The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism, On Naming the Present: God, Hermeneutics, and Church, Plurality and Ambiguity, and Blessed Rage for Order, the last two published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Ancients, Medievals, Moderns

1              Augustine Our Contemporary: The Overdetermined, Incomprehensible Self
2              Augustine’s Christomorphic Theocentrism
3              Trinitarian Theology and Spirituality: Retrieving William of St. Thierry for Contemporary Theology
4              Martin Luther’s Deus Theologicus
5              Michelangelo and the Catholic Analogical Imagination

Part 2: Mentors

6              Reinhold Niebuhr: God’s Realist
7              “All is grace”: Karl Rahner, a Rooted Radical
8              Paul Tillich and Contemporary Theology: The Method of Correlation
9              Bernard Lonergan and the Return of Ancient Practice in Philosophy and Theology

Part 3: Conversation Partners

10           Fragments of Synthesis: The Hopeful Paradox of Louis Dupré’s Modernity
11           The Strength of Reason: Franklin Gamwell’s Philosophical Theology and Moral Theory
12           Lindbeck’s New Program for Theology: A Critical Reflection
13           Jean-Luc Marion: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Theology

Part 4: Prophetic Thought

14           Feminist Theology: The Unexampled Challenge
15           Arthur Cohen: The Holocaust as the Tremendum
16           Gustavo Gutiérrez and the Christian Option for the Poor
17           James Cone and African American Thought: A Discovery of Fragments

Part 5: Seekers of the Good

18           Simone Weil and the Impossible: A Radical View of Religion and Culture
19           Simone Weil: The Mask, the Person
20           Iris Murdoch and the Many Faces of Platonism
21           T. S. Eliot as Religious Thinker: Four Quartets

Name Index
Subject Index

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