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Re-thinking Dionysius the Areopagite

Re-thinking Dionysius the Areopagite

Sarah Coakley (Editor), Charles M. Stang (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-35645-8

Aug 2011

240 pages

$27.99

Description

Dionysius the Areopagite, the early sixth-century Christian writer, bridged Christianity and neo-Platonist philosophy. Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume surveys how Dionysius’s thought and work has been interpreted, in both East and West, up to the present day.
  • One of the first volumes in English to survey the reception history of Dionysian thought, both East and West
  • Provides a clear account of both modern and post-modern debates about Dionysius’s standing as philosopher and Christian theologian
  • Examines the contrasts between Dionysius’s own pre-modern concerns and those of the post-modern philosophical tradition
  • Highlights the great variety of historic readings of Dionysius, and also considers new theories and interpretations
  • Analyzes the main points of hermeneutical contrast between East and West
Introduction: Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite: Sarah Coakley (University of Cambridge).

1. Dionysius, Paul, and the Significance of the Pseudonym: Charles M. Stang (Harvard University).

2. The Earliest Syriac Reception of Dionysius: István Perczel (Central European University).

3. The Reception of Dionysius up to Maximus the Confessor: Andrew Louth (Durham University).

4. The Reception of Dionysius in the Byzantine World: Maximus to Palamas: Andrew Louth (Durham University).

5. The Early Latin Dionysius: Eriugena and Hugh of St. Victor: Paul Rorem (Princeton Theological Seminary).

6. The Medieval Affective Dionysian Tradition: Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College).

7. Albert, Aquinas, and Dionysius: David Burrell, C.S.C (University of Notre Dame) and Isabelle Moulin.

8. Dionysius and some Late Medieval Mystical Theologians of Northern Europe: Denys Turner (Yale University).

9. Cusanus on Dionysius: The Turn to Speculative Theology: Peter Casarella (Depaul University).

10. Luther and Dionysius: Beyond Mere Negations: Piotr J. Malysz (Harvard University).

11. Dionysian Thought in 16th Century Spanish Mystical Theology: Luis M. Girón-Negrón (Harvard University).

12. The Reception of Dionysius in 20th Century Eastern Orthodoxy: Paul L. Gavrilyuk (University of Saint Thomas).

13. Dionysius, Derrida, and the Critique of ‘Ontotheology’: Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Wesleyan University).

14. Dionysius in Hans Urs von Balthasar and Jean-Luc Marion: Tamsin Jones (Harvard University).

Index

""Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite is a helpful tool in navigating the great tidal wave of Dionysian-inspired literature."" (Journal of Church History, September 2010)


  • One of the first volumes in English to survey the reception history of Dionysian thought, both East and West
  • Provides a clear account of both modern and post-modern debates about Dionysius’s standing as philosopher and Christian theologian
  • Examines the contrasts between Dionysius’s own pre-modern concerns and those of the post-modern philosophical tradition
  • Highlights the great variety of historic readings of Dionysius, and also considers new theories and interpretations
  • Analyzes the main points of hermeneutical contrast between East and West