Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. — 2013. — 290 p. — ISBN-10: 1443842249; ISBN-13: 978-1443842242.This book offers an original account of an ancient, alternative form of 'negative' reason which stands in antithesis to its modern instrumental form which has dominated thinking about the pursuit of human development since the Enlightenment. It advances arguments for the recovery of such reason as a spiritual and therapeutic way of life and demonstrates that it is impossible to fully appreciate the Christian apophatic tradition without investigating the intricacies of its philosophical heritage. The aim of this discussion is the retrieval and rediscovery of invaluable insights from ancient philosophy in the universal pursuit of happiness. The book's re-appropriation of the 'negative' philosophical and theological articulation of the pursuit of eudaimonia offers to redirect those living in the twenty-first century towards the significance of the Christian apophatic ascent and in so doing to assist them in uncapping the wellsprings of human passion, desire and happiness.Table of contentsAcknowledgements Introduction Chapter outline Methodology: Lectio divinaHuman development today: Why think differently?Rationale and Christian context The Greek vision of eudaimonia Voices of challenge (by discipline) The philosophical foundations of the Enlghtenment legacy The constructive (post)modern context: other solutions to the problematicThe philosophical pursuit of the fullest human fl ourishing in classical thoughtReadings of the Platonic coprus and later Platonic philosophy Mapping lectio divina The experience of aporia as precursor of negative theology: the Socratic pursuit of Wisdom as a spiritual way of life Erotic desire for ultimate beauty characterised by aporia The genealogy of Eros The veracity of the Socratic claim of ignorancePursuing eudaimonia: Retrieving the Greek philosophical foundations of the Christian apophatic traditionMapping lectio divina The genesis of the apophatic tradition: the rise to power of Logos Parmenides’ idea of one reality: the emerging philosophical foundations of the apophatic tradition Two signs intersecting with Plato’s contemplative ideal foreshadowing the development of the apophatic tradition The inspiratio of Apollo’s theia mania Parmenides’ poetic account of the goddess Night’s revelation of two ways of inquiry Plato’s contemplative priority: establishing the philosophical foundations of the Graeco-Christian apophatic tradition Heightening of religious sensibilities and doubts about Logos: Middle Platonism and the fi rst exponents of negative theology The apophatic ‘genuine article’ of NeoplatonismThe Graeco-Christian apophatic traditionMapping lectio divina The emergence of the via negativa Philo: marrying Plato with Jewish Biblical faith Clement of Alexandria, the fi rst Christian theologian to develop negative theology Gregory of Nyssa, the theologian of darkness and of the soul’s perpetual progress The ecstasy of self-transcending deifying union: the summit of Pseudo-Dionysius’Mystical Theology Conclusion Affirming my concluding hypothesis: Wittgenstein seeks recourse to ‘negative’ thinkingAncient Greek philosophy timeline Notes Bibliography Index
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