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Title:
Mystics : presence and aporia
Author:
Kessler, Michael, 1944-
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xvi, 254 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: What do we mean by "mystic"? / Jean-Luc Marion -- Suddenly, Christ : the place of negative theology in the mystagogy of Dionysius Areopagites / Alexander Golitzin -- Thomas Aquinas and onto-theo-logy / Jean-Luc Marion -- Between mysticisms : the trial of Joan of Arc / Françoise Meltzer -- Unitrinum seu triunum : Nicholas of Cusa's trinitarian mysticism / Bernard McGinn -- Unmasking the angel of light : the problem of deception in Martin Luther and Teresa of Avila / Susan Schreiner -- From ritual to poetry : Herbert's mystical Eucharist / Regina M. Schwartz -- Mysticism and catastrophe in Georges Bataille's Atheological summa / Amy Hollywood -- The experience of nonexperience / Kevin Hart -- Locating the mystical subject / Thomas A. Carlson -- Afterword: A reflection on mystics : presence and aphoria / David Tracy.
ISBN:
9780226432090

9780226432106
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Summary

When we speak of mystics, we normally think of people who have confessed extraordinary experiences of divine presence. But mysticism can also refer to the ways that people have described and explained such phenomena--ways that challenge our normal modes of thinking and believing. And the study of mystics can show problems inherent to experience and language--how to speak and think about what affects people but lies beyond language or thought.

Mystics presents a collection of previously unpublished essays by prominent scholars that consider both the idea of mystics and mysticism. The contributors offer detailed discussions of a variety of mystics from history, including Dionysius the Areopagite, Thomas Aquinas, Joan of Arc, Nicholas of Cusa, Saint Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, and George Herbert. Essays on mysticism in George Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, and contemporary technology bring the volume into the twenty-first century.

For anyone interested in the state of current thinking about mysticism, this collection will be an essential touchstone.

Contributors:
Thomas A. Carlson, Alexander Golitzin, Kevin Hart, Amy Hollywood, Michael Kessler, Jean-Luc Marion, Bernard McGinn, Fran#65533;oise Meltzer, Susan Schreiner, Regina M. Schwartz, Christian Sheppard, David Tracy


Summary

When we speak of mystics, we normally think of people who have confessed extraordinary experiences of divine presence. But mysticism can also refer to the ways that people have described and explained such phenomena--ways that challenge our normal modes of thinking and believing. And the study of mystics can show problems inherent to experience and language--how to speak and think about what affects people but lies beyond language or thought.

Mystics presents a collection of previously unpublished essays by prominent scholars that consider both the idea of mystics and mysticism. The contributors offer detailed discussions of a variety of mystics from history, including Dionysius the Areopagite, Thomas Aquinas, Joan of Arc, Nicholas of Cusa, Saint Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, and George Herbert. Essays on mysticism in George Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, and contemporary technology bring the volume into the twenty-first century.

For anyone interested in the state of current thinking about mysticism, this collection will be an essential touchstone.

Contributors:
Thomas A. Carlson, Alexander Golitzin, Kevin Hart, Amy Hollywood, Michael Kessler, Jean-Luc Marion, Bernard McGinn, Fran#65533;oise Meltzer, Susan Schreiner, Regina M. Schwartz, Christian Sheppard, David Tracy


Author Notes

Michael Kessler has taught at Purdue University and the University of Chicago.

Christian Sheppard is a lecturer in the Basic Program at the University of Chicago.


Michael Kessler has taught at Purdue University and the University of Chicago.

Christian Sheppard is a lecturer in the Basic Program at the University of Chicago.


Table of Contents

PrefaceMichael Kessler and Christian Sheppard
Introduction: What Do We Mean by "Mystic"?Jean-Luc Marion
"Suddenly, Christ": The Place of Negative Theology in the Mystagogy of Dionysius AreopagitesAlexander Golitzin
Thomas Aquinas and Onto-theo-logyJean-Luc Marion
Between Mysticisms: The Trial of Joan of ArcFrançOise Meltzer
Unitrinum Seu Triunum: Nicholas of Cusa's Trinitarian MysticismBernard Mcginn
Unmasking the Angel of Light: The Problem of Deception in Martin Luther and Teresa of AvilaSusan Schreiner
From Ritual to Poetry: Herbert's Mystical EucharistRegina M. Schwartz
Mysticism and Catastrophe in Georges Bataille's Atheological SummaAmy Hollywood
"The Experience of Nonexperience" KEVIN HART Locating the Mystical SubjectThomas A. Carlson
Afterword: A Reflection on Mystics: Presence and AporiaDavid Tracy
List of Contributors
Index
PrefaceMichael Kessler and Christian Sheppard
Introduction: What Do We Mean by "Mystic"?Jean-Luc Marion
"Suddenly, Christ": The Place of Negative Theology in the Mystagogy of Dionysius AreopagitesAlexander Golitzin
Thomas Aquinas and Onto-theo-logyJean-Luc Marion
Between Mysticisms: The Trial of Joan of ArcFrançOise Meltzer
Unitrinum Seu Triunum: Nicholas of Cusa's Trinitarian MysticismBernard Mcginn
Unmasking the Angel of Light: The Problem of Deception in Martin Luther and Teresa of AvilaSusan Schreiner
From Ritual to Poetry: Herbert's Mystical EucharistRegina M. Schwartz
Mysticism and Catastrophe in Georges Bataille's Atheological SummaAmy Hollywood
"The Experience of Nonexperience" KEVIN HART Locating the Mystical SubjectThomas A. Carlson
Afterword: A Reflection on Mystics: Presence and AporiaDavid Tracy
List of Contributors
Index