Du Logos de Plotin au Logos de saint Jean

Vers la solution d’une problème métaphysique ?

Michel FATTAL, Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, « Cerf-Patrimoines », 2016

Description

Cette étude interroge et mesure la pertinence de la solution apportée par Plotin au problème métaphysique de la séparation (chôrismos) hérité de Platon. Les fonctions multiples attribuées par Plotin au Logos et aux logoi au sein de son système hiérarchisé, impliquant des niveaux différents de réalités, sont-elles en mesure de résoudre le problème de la séparation ontologique et cosmologique hérité du platonisme ? Ne peut-on pas adresser à Plotin le reproche qu’il fait à ses adversaires gnostiques qui multiplient inutilement les hypostases et les intermédiaires entre le monde intelligible et le monde sensible, et au sein même du monde intelligible ? On se demandera également si la réduction de ces logoi multiples à un seul Logos n’apporterait pas une solution à ce problème de la séparation rencontré par Plotin ? Le Christ-Médiateur, envisagé en tant que Logos par le Prologue de l’Evangile de Jean, n’est-il pas en d’autres termes en mesure de résoudre, à sa manière et différemment, ce problème de la séparation qui apparaît dans tout système philosophique et théologique induisant une forme de verticalité et de transcendance ? En quoi le recours au Logos du Prologue est-il légitime historiquement et philosophiquement pour apporter une solution au problème du chôrismos rencontré par Plotin ? Pourquoi Plotin ne fait-il pas mention du Logos johannique sachant que ce dernier offre pourtant des garanties d’unité et d’unicité, d’efficacité et de vitalité, de puissance de relation et de communication tant recherchée par le philosophe néoplatonicien ; et sachant que son disciple direct, Amélius, de l’école plotinienne à Rome, a lui-même eu le besoin de proposer une exégèse philosophique du Prologue ?

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Lien

https://www.editionsducerf.fr/librairie/livre/17742/du-logos-de-plotin-au-logos-de-saint-jean

Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy

S. Weisser and N. Thaler (eds.) Leyde: Brill, 2016

Description

Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy brings together papers written by specialists in the field of ancient philosophy on the topic of polemics. Despite the central role played by polemics in ancient philosophy, the forms and mechanisms of philosophical polemics are not usually the subject of systematic scholarly attention. The present volume seeks to shed new light on familiar texts by approaching them from this neglected angle. The contributions address questions such as: What is the role of polemic in a philosophical discourse? What were the polemical strategies developed by ancient philosophers? To what extent did polemics contribute to the shaping of important philosophical doctrines or standpoint?

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Table of contents

Introduction, Sharon Weisser and Naly Thaler

The Continuation of Philosophy by Other Means?, André Laks

The Young Dogs of Eristic: Dialectic and Eristic in the Early Academy, Christopher Shields

A Hidden Argument in Plato’s Theaetetus, Naly Thaler

Polemical Arguments about Pleasure: The Controversy within and around the Academy, Charlotte Murgier

The Politics of Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Republic, Jozef Müller

Cyrenaics and Epicureans on Pleasure and the Good Life: The Original Debate and Its Later Revivals, Voula Tsouna

Polemics in Translation: Lucretius, Daniel Marković

The Perfidious Strategy; or, the Platonists against Stoicism, Mauro Bonazzi

Vehementia: A Rhetorical Basis of Polemics in Roman Philosophy, Carlos Lévy

The Art of Quotation: Plutarch and Galen against Chrysippus, Sharon Weisser

The Invisible Adversary: Anti-Christian Polemic in Proclus’s Commentary on the Republic of Plato, Robert Lamberton

Link

https://brill.com/view/title/33325

The Qur’an

The Basics 

Massimo Campanini, London: Routledge, 2016

Description

This second edition of a popular introduction to the Qur’an includes an essential updated reference guide, including a chronology of the revelation, links to internet resources, and suggestions for further reading. Exploring the Qur’an’s reception through history, its key teachings, and its place in contemporary thought and belief, this volume analyzes: the Qur’an as the word of God; its reception and communication by the Prophet Muhammad; the structure and language of the text; conceptions of God, the holy law, and jihad; and Islamic commentaries on Qur’anic teachings through the ages. The Qur’an: The Basics, Second Edition is a concise and accessible introduction.

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Table of contents

  1. Islam and the Qur’an
  2. Structure and Composition
  3. God, Humanity and Prophecy
  4. The Qur’an and the Qur’anic Science
  5. Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an

Appendix I: Glossary of Essential Terms

Appendix II: Concise Traditional Chronology of the Revelation

Appendix III: Websites on the Qur’an

Works Cited and Bibliography

Index

Link

https://www.routledge.com/The-Quran-The-Basics/Campanini/p/book/9781138666313

La mystique théorétique et théurgique dans l’Antiquité gréco-romaine

Judaïsmes et christianismes

S. Mimouni, M. Scopello (eds.), Turnout: Brepolis, 2016

Description

Dans ce volume sont publiés une partie des résultats d’un programme de recherche intitulé «Mystique théorétique et théurgique dans l’Antiquité gréco-romaine» et sous-titré «paganismes, judaïsmes, christianismes»: c’est dire sa diversité, son ouverture et sa portée dans un monde scientifique où le cloisonnement – sans doute rendu inévitable à cause de la variété des sources et concepts – des disciplines et des domaines devient de plus en plus préjudiciable à une perspective globalisante. Ainsi l’objet de ce projet a été de rendre compte non seulement des pratiques mystiques (rituelles ou cultuelles) mais aussi du versant spéculatif ou intellectuel de la mystique tel qu’on le trouve en œuvre, par exemple, dans la philosophie grecque.

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Table de matières

Introduction générale – Simon C. Mimouni et Madeleine Scopello

« À l’image de dieu » et connaissance mystique – Pier Cesare Bori †

Partie I. Introductions méthodologiques et épistémologiques

Le problème de l’expérience mystique – François Trémolières

Gershom G. Scholem et les études sur le mysticisme et le messianisme dans le judaïsme : quelques remarques et réflexions – Simon C. Mimouni

Mystic Experience in Context. Representing Categories and Examining « social practices » – Adriana Destro

Le mysticisme intra-mondain : les effets sociaux du désir de Dieu – Enzo Pace

Mourir pour dieu ? Politique moderne et redemption – Myriam Revault d’Allonnes

Partie II. La mystique dans le judaïsme antique

Apocalypses juives et mystique : état des lieux et remarques de méthode – Christophe Nihan

A Literary Analysis of the Sefer Yetsirah – Rocco Bernasconi

Problèmes du mysticisme juif d’expression grecque : l’exemple des textes liturgiques – Pierluigi Lanfranchi

Was Jesus a « mystic »? – Mauro Pesce

La Mystique juive d’expression araméenne dans l’Évangile selon Jean – Folker Siegert

Paul le mystique : une subversion de l’expérience religieuse – Daniel Marguerat

Pierre, Thomas, Philippe, trois figures mystiques – Régis Burnet

La déroute militaire comme épreuve mystique : retour sur un passage du Règlement de la guerre, 1qm xvi, 11 – xvii, 9 – Christophe Batsch

Pratiques rituelles ou exégèse scripturaire ? Origines et nature de la mystique de la Merkavah – Pierluigi Piovanelli

La contribution des Cantiques de l’holocauste du sabbat à l’étude de la pensée mystique juive au tournant de l’ère chrétienne – David Hamidović

La Shekhina et le motif de la lumière : une mystique juive non rabbinique ? – José Costa

Prophétie et mystique chez Philon d’Alexandrie – Smaranda Marculescu Badilita

Partie III. La mystique dans le christianisme antique

Mystique de l’incarnation et mystique de l’initiation dans le Protreptique et le Pédagogue de Clément d’Alexandrie – Marie-Laure Chaieb

Du Mystère au mysticisme : Élaboration d’une mystique de la Parole dans les Stromates de Clément d’Alexandrie – Fabienne Jourdan

Le sens de la connaissance mystique chez Origène – Georges Skaltsas

Passion du Sauveur et imitation du Christ dans la gnose valentinienne – Jean-Daniel Dubois

L’Évangile selon Thomas est-il « mystique » ? – Paul-Hubert Poirier

Tendances mystiques dans quelques textes de la tradition thomasienne – Claudio Gianotto

« Tu as vu le père et tu deviendras père » (NH II 61, 31). Baptême et divinisation dans l’Évangile selon Philippe et les textes de Nag Hammadi – Louis Painchaud

L’âme en fuite : le traité gnostique de l’Allogène (NH XI, 3) et la mystique juive – Madeleine Scopello

Le parcours mystique de l’initié : le cas des Livres de Iéou du codex Bruce (MS Bruce 96) – Éric Crégheur

La vision de Dieu entre mystique théurgique et théorétique : le cas de Sérapion (Cassien, Conférences, X, 2-3) – Giovanni Filoramo

Lien

http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503561882-1

PLOTINUS

Ennead I.6: On Beauty. 

Smith (A.) (trans.), Las Vegas, Zurich and Athens: Parmenides Publishing, 2016

Description

Ennead I.6 is probably the best known and most influential treatise of Plotinus, especially for Renaissance artists and thinkers. Although the title may suggest a work on aesthetics and thus of limited focus, this is far from the case. For it quickly becomes apparent that Plotinus’ main interest is in transcendent beauty, which he identifies with the Good, the goal of all philosophical endeavor in the Platonist’s search to assimilate himself with the divine. The treatise is at once a philosophical search for the nature of the divine and at the same time an encouragement to the individual to aspire to this goal by taking his start from the beauty which is experienced in this world; for it is an image of transcendent beauty. This upward movement of the treatise reflects throughout the speech of Socrates in Plato’s Symposium in which he recounts the exhortation of the priestess Diotima to ascend from earthly to transcendent beauty, which for Plotinus is identified with the divine.

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Link

https://www.parmenides.com/publications/publications-plotinus.html#smith

Transforming Spirituality

Zas Friz de Col R., Ada: Baker Publishing, 2016

Description

In the 25 years of its existence, Studies in Spirituality has been an attentive observer of the significant changes that have taken place in the field of spirituality. During this period, research in spirituality shifted not only towards the centre of theological reflection, it has also responded to a culture that sought to go beyond the boundaries of theology, on the one hand, and to the experience of globalisation on the other. In this volume, Rossano Zas Friz De Col S.l., Professor of Spirituality at the Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), presents a list of thirty-one articles previously published in Studies in Spirituality, which, from his perspective, merit reprinting. The reader will find a collection revolving around spiritual transformation as their center. The reprinted articles are preceded by a reflection on twenty-five years of Studies in Spirituality, in which professor Zas Friz decribes how Studies in Spirituality brings spiritual transformation into focus today, and how to understand that transformation in the present globalized world.

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Table of contents

Preface

Introduction: Spiritual/inner transformation in a secularized society – An overview from Studies in Spirituality (1991-2014) – Rossano Zas Friz de Col

1 Inner Transformation

1.1 Inner Transformation from a Theological Point of View

Spirituality as transformation demands a structural dynamic approach – Kees Waaijman

Transformation – A key word in spirituality – Kees Waaijman

A theology of transformative healing in the monastic teaching of William of St. Thierry – MaryEllen O’Brien

The Dark Night in John of the Cross – The transformational process – Hein Blommestijn

Discovering the self and the world throug the eyes of God – A selective reading of The Spiritual Canticle – Hein Blommestijn

Surrender – The Ignatian principle for growth in Christlikeness – John Udris

The imperative of mystical transformation – Donald Blais

Integration and interiorization – Duraiswani Simon Amalorpavadass

Patterns of conversion in Christianity – Anya Mali

Conversion as turning, conversion as deepening – James E. Royster

An embodiment paradigm for the study of Christian spirituality – Embodied imagery in the immediacy and indeterminacy of experience – Elizabeth Leung

1.2 Inner Transformation from the Interreligous Perspective

Becoming what we know – Dynamics of integral transformation in the spirituality of Sri Aurobindo – Felicity Edwards

Buddhist and Christian ultimate transformation – The ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ and Paul’s ‘Righteoused by Faith’ – Jesse Tanner

1.3 Inner Transformation and Psychology

Individuation and mystical union – Jung and Eckhart – Mark James

Converting mortal losses into vital gains – ‘Could be worse’… – Richard A. Hutch

The available pastor – Anke Bisschops

1.4 Empirical Research and Inner Transformation

Religion and personal/spiritual development – Some preliminary findings – Frits Mertens

Motives in motion – Frits Mertens

Chaos lives next to God – Religious visions and the integration of personality – Antoon Geels

Contemplative hospitality – Empirical explorations of spiritual experiences among abbey visitors – Thomas Quartier

Mystical orientation and psychological type – An empirical study among guests staying at a Benedictine abbey – Leslie J. Francis, Andrew Village, Mandy Robbins & Keith Ineson

Exploring the ‘mystical experiences’ of a new spirituality – A case study of Reiki – Jojan Jonker

2 Spirituality and Religion in a Secularised Society

2.1 An Intercultural Approach – The Netherlands, the Philippines and Australia

Spiritual, yes; religious, no – A Dutch student’s reactions to an abbey weekend – Wiel Smeets

The lack of spirituality in secularization – An experiential paradigm from a Philippine setting – Macario Ofilada Mina

Rising waters of the Spirit – The view from secular society – David Tacey

2.2 Spirituality and Philosophy

Spirituality and postmodern philosophy – Emptiness as an opportunity for esteem – Frans Maas

2.3 Spirituality and Discernment

Discernment for our times – A practice with postmodern implications – Elizabeth Liebert

2.4 Spirituality and Buddhism

Zen spirituality in a secular age – Charles Taylor and Zen Buddhism in the West – André van der Braak

Zen spirituality in a secular age II – Dōgen on fullness: Zazen as ritual embodiment of Buddhahood – André van der Braak

2.5 The Quest for Soul in a Secularised Society

Social spirituality and the quest for soul – Frans Maas & Kees Waaijman

Appendix – List of original publications

Link

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/transforming-spirituality/265572

Religious Platonism

The Influence of Religion on Plato and the Influence of Plato on Religion

James K. Fableman, London: Routledge, 2016

Description

In Plato’s Laws is the earliest surviving fully developed cosmological argument. His influence on the philosophy of religion is wide ranging and this book examines both that and the influence of religion on Plato. Central to Plato’s thought is the theory of forms, which holds that there exists a realm of forms, perfect ideals of which things in this world are but imperfect copies. In this book, originally published in 1959, Feibleman finds two diverse strands in Plato’s philosophy: an idealism centered upon the Forms denying full ontological status to the realm of becoming, and a moderate realism granting actuality equal reality with Forms. For each strand Plato developed a conception of religion: a supernatural one derived from Orphism, and a naturalistic religion revering the traditional Olympian deities

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Table of contents

Introduction: Parrhesia

Part 1: Plato’s Religious Philosophy

  1. Plato’s Method
  2. Plato’s Two Philosophies
  3. The Greek Religious Inheritance
  4. The Influence of Orphism
  5. Plato’s Two Religions

Part 2: The Religious Influence of Plato

  1. Aristotle’s Religion
  2. Philo’s Philosophy of Religion
  3. Plotinus’ Philosophy of Religion
  4. Rivals and Substitutes for Platonism
  5. Early Neoplatonism
  6. Later Neoplatonism: The Middle Ages

Link

https://www.routledge.com/Religious-Platonism-The-Influence-of-Religion-on-Plato-and-the-Influence/Feibleman/p/book/9781138985049

The Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies

Elias Muhanna, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016

Description

Over the past few decades, humanistic inquiry has been problematized and invigorated by the emergence of what is referred to as the digital humanities. Across multiple disciplines, from history to literature, religious studies to philosophy, archaeology to music, scholars are tapping the extraordinary power of digital technologies to preserve, curate, analyze, visualize, and reconstruct their research objects. The study of the Middle East and the broader Islamic world has been no less impacted by this new paradigm. Scholars are making daily use of digital tools and repositories including private and state-sponsored archives of textual sources, digitized manuscript collections, densitometrical imaging, visualization and modeling software, and various forms of data mining and analysis. This collection of essays explores the state of the art in digital scholarship pertaining to Islamic & Middle Eastern studies, addressing areas such as digitization, visualization, text mining, databases, mapping, and e-publication. It is of relevance to any researcher interested in the opportunities and challenges engendered by this changing scholarly ecosystem.

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Islamic and Middle East Studies and the Digital Turn – Muhanna, Elias

Uncertainty and the Archive – Zadeh, Travis

Of Making Many Copies There is No End: The Digitization of Manuscripts and Printed Books in Arabic Script – Riedel, Dagmar

Al-Kindi on the Kindle: The Library of Arabic Literature and the Challenges of Publishing Bilingual Arabic-English Books – Rossetti, Chip

Working with Grassroots Digital Humanities Projects: The Case of the Tall al-Zaʿtar Facebook Groups – Yaqub, Nadia

Toward Abstract Models for Islamic History – Romanov, Maxim

Quantifying the Quran – Brey, Alex

Mapping Ottoman Damascus Through News Reports: A Practical Approach – Grallert, Till

“Find for Me!”: Building a Context-Based Search Tool Using Python – Peralta, José Haro / Verkinderen, Peter

Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities: Undergraduate Exploration into the Transmitters of Early Islamic Law – Blecher, Joel

From Basmati Rice to the Bani Hilal: Digital Archives and Public Humanities – Reynolds, Dwight F.

Subject index

Link

https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110376517/html

Women’s Rights and Religious Law

Domestic and International Perspectives

Fareda Banda, Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, London: Routledge, 2016

Description

The three Abrahamic faiths have dominated religious conversations for millennia but the relations between state and religion are in a constant state of flux. This relationship may be configured in a number of ways. Religious norms may be enforced by the state as part of a regime of personal law or, conversely, religious norms may be formally relegated to the private sphere but can be brought into the legal realm through the private acts of individuals. Enhanced recognition of religious tribunals or religious doctrines by civil courts may create a hybrid of these two models. One of the major issues in the reconciliation of changing civic ideals with religious tenets is gender equality, and this is an ongoing challenge in both domestic and international affairs. Examining this conflict within the context of a range of issues including marriage and divorce, violence against women and children, and women’s political participation, this collection brings together a discussion of the Abrahamic religions to examine the role of religion in the struggle for women’s equality around the world. The book encompasses both theory and practical examples of how law can be used to negotiate between claims for gender equality and the right to religion. It engages with international and regional human rights norms and also national considerations within countries. This book will be of great relevance to scholars and policy makers with an interest in law and religion, gender studies and human rights law.

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Table of contents

Introduction Religion and Gender Equality: Defining the Conflict Fareda Banda and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe 

Part I: Gendered Rites: Gendered Rights? 

  1. Culture, Religion and Women’s International Human Rights Frances Raday 
  2. Marriage, Religion and Gender Equality John Eekelaar 
  3. Gender, Religion and Human Rights in Africa Fareda Banda
  4. Implications of the Vatican Commitment to Complementarity for the Equality of the Sexes in Public Life Mary Anne Case 

Section 2: Negotiating Gender and Religion in State Law 

  1. Between Strict Constructionist Sharia and Protecting Young Girls in Contemporary Northern Nigeria: The Case of Child Marriage (Ijbār) Sarah Eltantawi 
  2. Spousal Relations and Horizons of Islamic Family Law Reform: The Role of Maqāṣid al-sharīʿa Discourses, Celene Ayat Lizzio 
  3. The Woes of WoW: The Women of the Wall as a Religious Social Movement and as a Metaphor Pnina Lahav
  4. Religious Coercion and Violence Against Women: The Case of Beit Shemesh, Sima Zalcberg Block 

Section 3: Religious Divorce in Civil Courts 

  1. The Impact of « Foreign Law » Bans On The Struggle For Women’s Equality Under Jewish Law in the United States of America Lisa Fishbayn Joffe

     10.Systemic Misunderstandings Between Rabbinical Courts and Civil Courts: The Perspective of an American Rabbinical Court Judge Aryeh Klapper

       11.’Socio-Legal Gendered Remedies to Get Refusal: Top Down, Bottom Up’, Yael Machtinger

       12. Challenging Stereotypes: Gender Sensitive Imams and the Resolution of Family Disputes in Montreal Anne Saris

Link

https://www.routledge.com/Womens-Rights-and-Religious-Law-Domestic-and-International-Perspectives/Banda-Joffe/p/book/9780367597078 

After World Religions

Reconstructing Religious Studies

Christopher R CotterDavid G. Robertson, London: Routledge, 2016

Description

The World Religions Paradigm has been the subject of critique and controversy in Religious Studies for many years. After World Religions provides a rationale for overhauling the World Religions curriculum, as well as a roadmap for doing so. The volume offers concise and practical introductions to cutting-edge Religious Studies method and theory, introducing a wide range of pedagogical situations and innovative solutions. An international team of scholars addresses the challenges presented in their different departmental, institutional, and geographical contexts. Instructors developing syllabi will find supplementary reading lists and specific suggestions to help guide their teaching. Students at all levels will find the book an invaluable entry point into an area of ongoing scholarly debate.

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Table of contents

Contributors

Preface — Christopher R. Cotter & David G. Robertson.

Foreword.

Before the ‘After’ in ‘After World Religions’: Wilfred Cantwell Smith on the Meaning and End of Religion. — James L. Cox. 

  1. Introduction: The ‘World Religions’ Paradigm in Contemporary Religious Studies — Christopher R. Cotter & David G. Robertson. 

PART I: SUBVERSIVE PEDAGOGIES: DATA AND METHODS.

  1. The Problem of ‘Religions’: Teaching Against the Grain with ‘New Age Stuff’ — Steven J. Sutcliffe. 
  2. Not a Task for Amateurs’: Graduate Instructors and Critical Theory in the World Religions Classroom — Tara Baldrick-Morrone, Michael Graziano and Brad Stoddard. 
  3. The Critical Embrace: Teaching the World Religion Paradigm as Data — Steven Ramey.

  PART II: ALTERNATIVE PEDAGOGIES: POWER AND POLITICS.

  1. Religion as Ideology: Recycled Culture vs. World Religions — Craig Martin.
  2. Doing Things with ‘Religion’: A Discursive Approach in Rethinking the World Religions Paradigm — Teemu Taira. 
  3. Looking Back on the End of Religion: Opening Re Marx — Paul-Francois Tremlett. 
  4. The Sacred Alternative — Suzanne Owen. 

PART III: INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGIES: METHODS AND MEDIA.

  1. The Desjardins Diet for World Religions Paradigm Loss — Michel Desjardins. 
  2. Narrating the USA’s Religious Pluralism: Escaping World Religions through Media — David W. McConeghy. 
  3. Archaeology and the ‘World Religions’ Paradigm: The European Neolithic, Religion, and Cultural Imperialism — Carole M. Cusack. 
  4. Complex Learning and the World Religions Paradigm: Teaching Religion in a Shifting Subject Landscape — Dominic Corrywright.

 Afterword: On Utility and Limits — Russell T. McCutcheon. 

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Link

https://www.routledge.com/After-World-Religions-Reconstructing-Religious-Studies/Cotter-Robertson/p/book/9781138919136