At the Crossroads of Science & Mysticism: On the by Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim

By Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim

Trans. and ed. through Boris Jakim

The current quantity represents the main significant theological contribution in Pavel Florensky’s nice multi-volume “anthropidicy,” on the Watersheds of proposal: the weather of a Concrete Metaphysics. Florensky argues that his epoch (the early twentieth century) bore witness to a non secular shift towards a revitalized Christian world-understanding. nowa days, the Renaissance world-understanding, that's anti-Christian in nature and whose treasure lies in guy, had changed the Medieval world-understanding, that's Christian in nature and whose treasure lies in God. however the rationalistic Renaissance tradition used to be now coming to an finish, to get replaced by means of a brand new center a while, a coming interval to be characterised by means of the fusion of technology and mystical faith—an epoch of discontinuity, of abrupt leaps into fact rooted within the lifetime of the spirit, destined to switch the previous mechanistic world-view. this variation, Florensky continues, will contact on each point of existence and each self-discipline of data. A revitalized Christianity will emerge as a way to locate its experiential validation either in mysticism and in clinical inquiry.

"Pavel Florensky used to be probably the most very important thinkers in the Russian sophiological culture. This welcome new translation of a variety of his essays offers a good advent to his proposal, whose relevance to the early twenty first is even more advantageous than its relevance to the early twentieth century."--JOHN MILBANK, college of Nottingham, writer of Theology and Social Theory

"The current volume--another priceless translation through Boris Jakim--displays not just Florensky's boldness of proposal, but in addition the real expansiveness of his wisdom in such disparate domain names of research as patristics, linguistics, artwork heritage, mathematical thought, philosophy, and medical method."--ROBERT F. SLESINSKI, writer, Pavel Florensky: A Metaphysics of Love

"Boris Jakim's translation, brilliant and actual as continually, represents a worthy first step in the direction of the dissemination of Pavel Florensky's later suggestion. The ebook of Florensky's later paintings will stimulate a considerable re-evaluation of Florensky as a philosopher."--ROBERT chook, division of Slavic Languages and Literatures, college of Chicago

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2. At the Watersheds includes major treatises on reverse perspective, on Platonic idealism, and on the metaphysics of names. 3. From Lecture Seven. ”5 He affirms that there are two types of world-understanding or culture: the Renaissance world-understanding, which is anti-Christian (and even anti-religious) in nature and whose treasure lies in man; and the Medieval world-understanding, which is Christian in nature and whose treasure lies in God. He sees Renaissance culture coming to an end and being replaced by a new Middle Ages.

It has been 5. Florensky does not provide any information about this woman. , that is, one alcoholic tends to marry another alcoholic, one mentally ill person tends to marry another mentally ill person, etc. 6 The task of the Old Testament was an ever-increasing refinement tending toward the delineation of the biological axis of the world; the genealogy of Jesus Christ is the central axis of history. The thread may grow thin, but the fruit is of the highest purity. In our contemporary philosophy is being reborn an orientation that was rejected by the Renaissance.

From Lecture Seventeen. [3] at the crossroads of science & mysticism (Collected Works in Four Volumes), Vol. 3(2), pp. 386–488, Moscow, 1999, ed. Igumen Andronik. Extensive use is made of Igumen Andronik’s notes and commentary (pp. 531–550). The lectures were read by Florensky from 11/24 August 1921 to 18 November/1 December 1921 at the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh of the Moscow Upper Petrov Monastery. The author’s clean copy of the lectures has not survived. The lectures have been preserved in a transcript consisting of sheets sewn into a single thick notebook; the author made many mar-ginal notes in the notebook and inserted a number of loose sheets of textual variants and additions (in the present edition much of this added material is reproduced in the translator’s footnotes).

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