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N. Loudovikos
Beyond Spirituality
Christian Mysticism of Power and the Meaning of the Self in the Patristic Era

approx. 350 p., 156 x 234 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-57815-6
Languages: English, Greek, Latin
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A book about the possibility of retrieving a concept of selfhood from Patristic theology, beyond the dichotomies of mind and body, or person and nature.
Is it possible for nihilism and an ontology of personhood as will-to-power to be incubated in the womb of Christian Mysticism? Is it possible that the modern ontology of power, which constitutes the core of western metaphysics, has a theological grounding? Has Nietszche reversed Plato or, more likely, Augustine and Origen, re-fashioning in a secular framework the very essence of their ontology? Is there a non-ecstatic understanding of Christian selfhood? Patristic theology seems to provide us with an alternative understanding of selfhood, beyond what has been referred to as 'Christian Platonism'. This book strives to decipher, retrieve, and re-embody the underlying mature Patristic concept of selfhood, beyond the dichotomies of mind and body, or person and nature.
Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos studied Psychology and Pedagogy at the University of Athens, Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, Philosophy at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, Philosophy and Roman Catholic Theology at the Catholic Institute of Paris, and Protestant Theology at the University of Cambridge (England).
Table of Contents

PART I:

THE MEANING OF SPIRITUAL BEING

CHAPTER ONE:
THE ONTOLOGY OF POWER: AUGUSTINE, ORIGEN, AND THE PERSON AS WILL TO POWER

1. Representative eudaimonism and the spirituality of the soul as thinking
2. A spiritualistic theory of knowledge. The violence of the spiritual and “monophysitism”
3. The thinking soul as light and the spirituality of the will to power
4. Knowledge of God through consciousness and the ontologization of the psychological
5. The genesis of the ontology of the person as will to power: The ontology of power and phenomenality
6. The will to power as a historical concern

CHAPTER TWO:
SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN AND THE ESCHATOLOGICAL ONTOLOGY OF THE NATURE OF CREATION

1. Historical background
2. The unfamiliarity of Being and melancholy 
3. The familiarity of Being through repentance as eschatology of consubstantiality
4. Eucharistic watchfulness and judgment: The Christology of Light
5. The joy of the embodied intellect and the poetics of matter
6. The Eschatological denial of the “spiritual” and Eucharistic apophaticism
Conclusion: The “second Absolute” and the eschatology of created nature East and West

PART TWO:

ON WILL AND NATURE ON PERSON AND CONSUBSTANTIABILITY

CHAPTER ONE:
THE THEOLOGY OF THE WILL AS TRANSCENDING NATURALISM IN THE ONTOLOGY OF THE PERSON AND HISTORY

1. The ontological limits of the ancient concept of boulesis
2. The theology of the will in the anti-monophysite anthropology of Maximus the Confessor
3. Is it possible to transcend naturalism in the ontology of the person and of history?

CHAPTER TWO:
THE NEO-PLATONIC ROOT OF ANGST AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE ACTUAL

1. The infinite, contemplation, and angst
2. Deficient existence and the angst of its contemplation: Plotinus and Thomas Aquinas
3. Saint Gregory Palamas: The real as nature and vision of God
Conclusion: From the undermining of the real  to a theology of the real

CHAPTER THREE:
WORLD AND EXISTENCE, NATURE AND PERSON: THE BEING OF SELF AND THE MEANING OF ITS CONSUBSTANTIAL CATHOLICITY

1. Epictetus: Existence without the World
2. The World without Existence: From Buddha to Schopenhauer
3. Existence and world, person and nature
Self and its consubstantial catholicity in Patristic thought
a) On consubstantiality, person, and nature
b) Beyond the ontologization of person: the meaning of the self

Epilogue: The Mother of God and Ontology

Appendix 1: Person instead of Grace and Dictated Otherness: John Zizioulas's final theological position
Appendix 2: Dialogical nature, Enousion Person, and Non-ecstatic Will in Maximus the Confessor: the conclusion of a long debate 
Appendix 3: An Aquinas for the Future: Discussing a Radical Orthodox Thomas Aquinas

Interest Classification:
Philosophy
Branches of Philosophy
Metaphysics
Early Christian Philosophy (Tertullian to Bede)
Psychology
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Eastern Fathers
Western Fathers (c. 160-735)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek literature
Greek literature of the Early Christian church
Latin literature
Early Christian & Patristic Latin literature

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