By Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim
Trans. and ed. by way of Boris Jakim
The current quantity represents the main giant theological contribution in Pavel Florensky’s nice multi-volume “anthropidicy,” on the Watersheds of concept: the weather of a Concrete Metaphysics. Florensky argues that his epoch (the early twentieth century) bore witness to a religious 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 through a brand new heart a long time, a coming interval to be characterised through the fusion of technological know-how and mystical faith—an epoch of discontinuity, of abrupt leaps into fact rooted within the lifetime of the spirit, destined to exchange 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 for you to locate its experiential validation either in mysticism and in medical inquiry.
"Pavel Florensky used to be essentially the most vital thinkers in the Russian sophiological culture. This welcome new translation of a range of his essays presents an exceptional creation to his idea, whose relevance to the early twenty first is even superior than its relevance to the early twentieth century."--JOHN MILBANK, collage of Nottingham, writer of Theology and Social Theory
"The current volume--another necessary translation via Boris Jakim--displays not just Florensky's boldness of inspiration, but additionally the genuine expansiveness of his wisdom in such disparate domain names of research as patristics, linguistics, paintings historical past, mathematical thought, philosophy, and clinical method."--ROBERT F. SLESINSKI, writer, Pavel Florensky: A Metaphysics of Love
"Boris Jakim's translation, vibrant and exact as consistently, represents a necessary first step in the direction of the dissemination of Pavel Florensky's later concept. The book of Florensky's later paintings will stimulate a considerable re-examination of Florensky as a philosopher."--ROBERT fowl, division of Slavic Languages and Literatures, collage of Chicago
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