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

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By Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim

Trans. and ed. by way of Boris Jakim

The current quantity represents the main great theological contribution in Pavel Florensky’s nice multi-volume “anthropidicy,” on the Watersheds of idea: 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 via 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 truth rooted within the lifetime of the spirit, destined to interchange the previous mechanistic world-view. this modification, Florensky continues, will contact on each point of existence and each self-discipline of information. A revitalized Christianity will emerge for you to locate its experiential validation either in mysticism and in clinical inquiry.

"Pavel Florensky was once some of the most very important thinkers in the Russian sophiological culture. This welcome new translation of a variety of his essays offers a good creation to his inspiration, whose relevance to the early twenty first is even superior than its relevance to the early twentieth century."--JOHN MILBANK, college of Nottingham, writer of Theology and Social Theory

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

"Boris Jakim's translation, bright and actual as constantly, represents a useful first step in the direction of the dissemination of Pavel Florensky's later concept. The e-book of Florensky's later paintings will stimulate a considerable second look of Florensky as a philosopher."--ROBERT fowl, division of Slavic Languages and Literatures, college of Chicago

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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.

Therefore the sciences should be studied with reference to exemplary people who have already been regenerated—with reference to the lives of the saints. The Marburg school made it possible to orient oneself on a different principle, whereas previously everyone was deeply convinced that the structure of the heart does not depend on orientation, that the heart does not depend on truth, but rather that the truth depends on man’s heart and mind. Rationality is beginning to be overcome from another direction as well: by Bergson and James.

Its beginning is depicted in hues reminiscent of the sky, an approximate vision of the primordial creature, in contrast to the task of Renaissance culture—not to wonder at anything. Not long ago science was rushing us toward a dead end, a no exit: biology was rushing toward protoplasms, chemistry toward elements, physics toward atoms. All complex processes were fragmented into parts that were not capable of causing wonder—the most boring of world-views. Not long ago most people viewed the sky as a collection of hot frying-pans or spheres; there was nothing mysterious there (although true scientists always preserve a sense of mystery); it was nothing but “the boring songs of earth,”5 the most ordinary blast-furnace.

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