Negative Certainties

Negative Certainties
Author: Jean-Luc Marion
Pages: 278
ISBN: 0226505618
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Release: 2015
Editor: Religion and Postmodernism
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jean-Luc Marion's book, Negative Certainties, first published in French asCertitudes négatives in 2007, is without a doubt an important addition to hisoeuvre. The main argument can be stated briefly: Following Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, Marion emphasizes man's finitude and the limits of reason. But, he asks, isn't it certain that we can be certain about our finitude and rational limitations? After establishing this concept of negative certainty” he then applies it to four aporia or issues of certain uncertainty: the definition of man; the nature of God; the unconditionality of the gift, understood both as that which transcends exchange and as the given; and the unpredictability of events. And this in turn leads him to further reflections on God (or Being) as the unconditioned Giver of the Gift. This book, now available in English for the first time in Stephen Lewis's elegant translation, will be essential reading for postmodern theologians and philosophers of religion in general.

Negative Certainties

Negative Certainties
Author: Jean-Luc Marion
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780226807102
Available:
Release: 2020-10-28
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Negative Certainties, renowned philosopher Jean-Luc Marion challenges some of the most fundamental assumptions we have developed about knowledge: that it is categorical, predicative, and positive. Following Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, he looks toward our finitude and the limits of our reason. He asks an astonishingly simple—but profoundly provocative—question in order to open up an entirely new way of thinking about knowledge: Isn’t our uncertainty, our finitude and rational limitations, one of the few things we can be certain about? Marion shows how the assumption of knowledge as positive demands a reductive epistemology that disregards immeasurable or disorderly phenomena. He shows that we have experiences every day that have no identifiable causes or predictable reasons, and that these constitute a very real knowledge—a knowledge of the limits of what can be known. Establishing this “negative certainty,” Marion applies it to four aporias, or issues of certain uncertainty: the definition of man; the nature of God; the unconditionality of the gift; and the unpredictability of events. Translated for the first time into English, Negative Certainties is an invigorating work of epistemological inquiry that will take a central place in Marion’s oeuvre.

Marion and Theology

Marion and Theology
Author: Christina M. Gschwandtner
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780567660237
Available:
Release: 2016-07-28
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jean-Luc Marion's early work on Descartes and his more recent writings in phenomenology have not only elicited huge interest in France and the US, but also created huge potential in the field of theology. This book is organised around central questions about the divine raised by Marion's work: how to speak of God, how to approach God, how to experience God, how to receive God, how to believe in God, how to worship God. Within that context it deals with the important aspects of his philosophical work: the inspiration of his writings in what he calls Descartes' “white theology” and its late medieval context as well as the apophatic theology associated with Dionysius the Areopagite; his important claims about idolatrous and iconic ways of speaking of the divine; his notion of the saturated phenomenon or a phenomenology of revelation and givenness, and his extensive writings on love. Christina M. Gschwandtner also considers Marion's explicitly theological writings and establishes their relationship to his larger phenomenological oeuvre. Overall, it approaches Marion's work not only as a philosophy of religion, but with specifically theological questions in mind. It hence shows how Marion's extensive historical and phenomenological work can be profitable and inspiring for theology today, for both systematic questions and for concerns of spirituality, in a way that holds the theoretical and the practical together.

Keats s Negative Capability

Keats s Negative Capability
Author: Brian Rejack,Michael Theune,Nicholas Roe
Pages: 291
ISBN: 9781786941817
Available:
Release: 2019
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Few critical terms coined by poets are more famous than "negative capability." Though Keats uses the mysterious term only once, a consensus about its meaning has taken shape over the last two centuries. Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives offers alternative ways to approach and understand Keats's seductive term.

Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts

Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts
Author: J. R. de J. Jackson
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9781134835478
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Release: 2016-08-19
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this original and significant contribution to literary controversy, first published in 1989, Professor Jackson argues on semantic grounds that historical criticism, which he defines as the attempt to read works of literature and criticism as they were read when they were new, is a necessary preliminary to other ways of approaching the literature of the past. He distinguishes between the difficulties inherent in the practice of historical critics and the problems encountered by historians. Historical criticism as he describes it is an ideal that has yet to be attained and he explores strategies for coming closer to it. This title will be of interest to students of literature.

Degrees of Givenness

Degrees of Givenness
Author: Christina M. Gschwandtner
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780253014283
Available:
Release: 2014-10-22
Editor: Indiana University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The philosophical work of Jean-Luc Marion has opened new ways of speaking about religious convictions and experiences. In this exploration of Marion’s philosophy and theology, Christina M. Gschwandtner presents a comprehensive and critical analysis of the ideas of saturated phenomena and the phenomenology of givenness. She claims that these phenomena do not always appear in the excessive mode that Marion describes and suggests instead that we consider degrees of saturation. Gschwandtner covers major themes in Marion’s work—the historical event, art, nature, love, gift and sacrifice, prayer, and the Eucharist. She works within the phenomenology of givenness, but suggests that Marion himself has not considered important aspects of his philosophy.

Phenomenology of the Broken Body

Phenomenology of the Broken Body
Author: Espen Dahl,Cassandra Falke,Thor Eirik Eriksen
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780429869945
Available:
Release: 2018-12-26
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Some fundamental aspects of the lived body only become evident when it breaks down through illness, weakness or pain. From a phenomenological point of view, various breakdowns are worth analyzing for their own sake, and discussing them also opens up overlooked dimensions of our bodily constitution. This book brings together different approaches that shed light on the phenomenology of the lived body—its normality and abnormality, health and sickness, its activity as well as its passivity. The contributors integrate phenomenological insights with discussions about bodily brokenness in philosophy, theology, medical science and literary theory. Phenomenology of the Broken Body demonstrates how the broken body sheds fresh light on the nuances of embodied experience in ordinary life and ultimately questions phenomenology’s preunderstanding of the body.

Negative Knowledge

Negative Knowledge
Author: Sebastian Hüsch,Isabelle Koch,Philipp Thomas
Pages: 411
ISBN: 9783772056864
Available:
Release: 2020-08-10
Editor: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The advent of Modernity was accompanied by a radical criticism of traditional metaphysics. In particular since the 20th century, rationality is predominantly conceived of as positivistic and scientistic, reducing reality to what is positively knowable. The price to pay is the cutting out of any kind of phenomenon of negativity. The present volume explicitly explores the philosophical and epistemological potential of negativity. The contributions brought together in this book tackle the question of negativity from historical as well as from systematical perspectives. From different angles, they defend the claim that philosophical approaches recurring to negativity can build a non-reductive conceptualization of rationality, and thus offer a valuable contribution to the orientation of humankind in the 20th and 21st century. This volume contains contributions in English, French, and German.

Eucharist and Receptive Ecumenism

Eucharist and Receptive Ecumenism
Author: Kimberly Hope Belcher
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781108839563
Available:
Release: 2020-10-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book bridges Catholic and Protestant theologies of the eucharist using ritual practice and the act of giving thanks.

Artificial War

Artificial War
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9789814482752
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Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Semantic Web ISWC 2009

The Semantic Web   ISWC 2009
Author: Abraham Bernstein,David R. Karger,Tom Heath,Lee Feigenbaum,Diana Maynard,Enrico Motta,Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan
Pages: 1007
ISBN: 9783642049309
Available:
Release: 2009-11-06
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As the Web continues to grow, increasing amounts of data are being made available for human and machine consumption. This emerging Semantic Web is rapidly entering the mainstream and, as a result, a variety of new solutions for searching, aggregating and the intelligent delivery of information are being produced,bothinresearchandcommercialsettings.Severalnewchallengesarise from this context, both from a technical and human–computer interaction p- spective – e.g., as issues to do with the scalability andusability of Semantic Web solutions become particularly important. The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the major inter- tional forum where the latest research results and technical innovations on all aspects of the Semantic Web are presented. ISWC brings together researchers, practitioners, and users from the areas of arti?cial intelligence, databases, social networks,distributedcomputing,Webengineering,informationsystems,natural language processing, soft computing, and human–computer interaction to d- cuss the major challenges and proposed solutions, success stories and failures, as well the visions that can advance the ?eld.

Kant on Intuition

Kant on Intuition
Author: Stephen R. Palmquist
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9780429958908
Available:
Release: 2018-11-08
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism consists of 20 chapters, many of which feature engagements between Kant and various Asian philosophers. Key themes include the nature of human intuition (not only as theoretical—pure, sensible, and possibly intellectual—but also as relevant to Kant’s practical philosophy, aesthetics, the sublime, and even mysticism), the status of Kant’s idealism/realism, and Kant’s notion of an object. Roughly half of the chapters take a stance on the recent conceptualism/non-conceptualism debate. The chapters are organized into four parts, each with five chapters. Part I explores themes relating primarily to the early sections of Kant’s first Critique: three chapters focus mainly on Kant’s theory of the "forms of intuition" and/or "formal intuition", especially as illustrated by geometry, while two examine the broader role of intuition in transcendental idealism. Part II continues to examine themes from the Aesthetic but shifts the main focus to the Transcendental Analytic, where the key question challenging interpreters is to determine whether intuition (via sensibility) is ever capable of operating independently from conception (via understanding); each contributor offers a defense of either the conceptualist or the non-conceptualist readings of Kant’s text. Part III includes three chapters that explore the relevance of intuition to Kant’s theory of the sublime, followed by two that examine challenges that Asian philosophers have raised against Kant’s theory of intuition, particularly as it relates to our experience of the supersensible. Finally, Part IV concludes the book with five chapters that explore a range of resonances between Kant and various Asian philosophers and philosophical ideas.

Research and Development in Expert Systems IX

Research and Development in Expert Systems IX
Author: British Computer Society. Specialist Group on Expert Systems. Technical Conference
Pages: 349
ISBN: 0521445175
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Release: 1993-02-04
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This volume contains the refereed and invited papers which were presented at Expert Systems 92, the twelfth annual conference of the British Computer Society's Specialist Group on Expert Systems, held in Cambridge in December 1992. Together with its predecessors this is essential reading for those who wish to keep up-to-date with developments and opportunities in this important field.

Thinking Faith After Christianity

Thinking Faith After Christianity
Author: Martin Koci
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781438478937
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Suny Theology and Continental
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines theological motifs in the work of Jan Patočka, drawing out their implications for contemporary theology and philosophy of religion.

3 16

3 16
Author: Max Lucado
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781418586799
Available:
Release: 2007-09-09
Editor: HarperChristian Resources
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

If 9/11 are the numbers of terror and despair, then 3:16 are the numbers of hope. Best-selling author Max Lucado leads readers through a word-by-word study of John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of scripture. The study includes 12 lessons that are designed to work with both the trade book and the Indelible DVD for a multi-media experience.

3 16 Participant s Guide

3 16 Participant s Guide
Author: Max Lucado
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781418549824
Available:
Release: 2011-08-29
Editor: HarperChristian Resources
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Experience the essential truth of the Christian faith as Max Lucado unpacks one of the most beloved scriptures in the entire Bible—John 3:16. Best-selling author Max Lucado leads readers through a word-by-word study of John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of Scripture. Now available in a smaller, more affordable format, the study includes 12 lessons that are designed to work with both the trade book and the DVD for a multi-media experience. Features include: Scripture-focused lessons Interactive questions for reflection and meditation 12 weeks of study Leader's Guide for shepherding small groups (for download online) Designed for use with the 3:16 DVD-Based Small Group Study (ISBN 9781418548940).

Religion and European Philosophy

Religion and European Philosophy
Author: Philip Goodchild,Hollis Phelps
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9781317282464
Available:
Release: 2017-04-13
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to Žižek draws together a diverse group of scholars in theology, religious studies, and philosophy to discuss the role that religion plays among key figures in the European philosophical tradition. Designed for accessibility, each of the thirty-four chapters includes background information on the key thinker, an overview of the main themes, concepts, and concerns that occupy his or her attention, and a discussion of the religious and theological elements present in his or her thought, in light of contemporary issues. Given the scope of the volume, Religion and European Philosophy will be the go-to guide for understanding the religious and theological dimensions of European philosophy, for both students and established researchers alike.

Welcoming Finitude

Welcoming Finitude
Author: Christina M. Gschwandtner
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780823286447
Available:
Release: 2019-10-01
Editor: Fordham University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What does it mean to experience and engage in religious ritual? How does liturgy structure time and space? How do our bodies move within liturgy, and what impact does it have on our senses? How does the experience of ritual affect us and shape our emotions or dispositions? How is liturgy experienced as a communal event, and how does it form the identity of those who participate in it? Welcoming Finitude explores these broader questions about religious experience by focusing on the manifestation of liturgical experience in the Eastern Christian tradition. Drawing on the methodological tools of contemporary phenomenology and on insights from liturgical theology, the book constitutes a philosophical exploration of Orthodox liturgical experience.

Shapes of Openness

Shapes of Openness
Author: Matthew Leone
Pages: 175
ISBN: 9781443818780
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Release: 2010-01-08
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bakhtin and Lawrence share remarkable affinities. Bakhtinian dialogism is effectively a philosophy of potentiality, and Lawrence, or at least the Lawrence who authored Women in Love, may well be its High Priest. Both thinkers address questions of unity, newness, and the creative process. In this study they enter into complementary, genuinely Bakhinian dialogue, one in which “The word in language is half someone else’s.” One surprising result of this comparative examination is that some prevalent, deeply damaging biases about Lawrence are undermined: Is he a misogynist, or is he essentially, as he seems evidently to fear in Women in Love and rather consistently elsewhere, an over-compensating momma’s boy? Here Bakhtinian theory is used as a means of testing pertinent criticism of Lawrence, and it provides a detailed conceptual basis for the readings of his fiction that follow. Is Women in Love a Bakhtinian "open totality"? How is dialogic openness (as opposed to modernist indeterminacy) a "form-shaping ideology" of comic interrogation? Is Women in Love not only open-ended and unresolved, but also about its open-endedness or unfinalizability? In methods and meanings, in forming depths and explicit surfaces, this study explores the sum and substance of the novel’s dialogicality, and finds that the shape of its dialogic openness is interrogative. Indeed, in Women in Love characters are identified by the self-shaping questions they ask: “’How much do you love me?’” asks Gudrun of Gerald, whose “’What do women want, at the bottom?’” like Ursula’s “’Do you really love me?’” have surprisingly revelatory depths. Birkin’s ludicrously encompassing and apocalyptic “Is our day of creative life finished?” not only expresses a fundamental authorial narrative intention, it simultaneously and self-correctively mocks itself for so doing, and does so in ways that may well suggest intuitive insights into the nature of Bakhtinian carnival laughter. In large measure, “character” in the Bakhtinian framework appropriated by this study is essentially a question personified, one that is made to walk and talk, so to speak, within the intersecting chronotopes or “time-space” zones of the novel. Such ambulatory interrogations then either connect or fail to do so with other characters-as-questions in “living conversation.” Women in Love achieves a polyphonic or dialogic openness, one that Lawrence in his later fictions cannot always sustain. Subsequent to it, univocal, simplifying organizations in his work supervene. In his later fictions, dialogic process collapses into a stenographic report upon completed dialogue, over which the travel writer, the poet or the messianic martyr preside. There are, nevertheless, even in his later works, happy exceptions to this diminution of dialogic vitality. Lawrence’s consummate, dialogic openness of thought and expression can be discerned in the ambivalent laughter of The Captain's Doll, of St. Mawr, and of "The Man Who Loved Islands." In these retrospective variations on earlier themes, laughing openness of vision takes new, "unfinalizable" or “open” shapes.

Marion and Theology

Marion and Theology
Author: Christina M. Gschwandtner
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780567660244
Available:
Release: 2016-07-28
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jean-Luc Marion's early work on Descartes and his more recent writings in phenomenology have not only elicited huge interest in France and the US, but also created huge potential in the field of theology. This book is organised around central questions about the divine raised by Marion's work: how to speak of God, how to approach God, how to experience God, how to receive God, how to believe in God, how to worship God. Within that context it deals with the important aspects of his philosophical work: the inspiration of his writings in what he calls Descartes' "white theology†? and its late medieval context as well as the apophatic theology associated with Dionysius the Areopagite; his important claims about idolatrous and iconic ways of speaking of the divine; his notion of the saturated phenomenon or a phenomenology of revelation and givenness, and his extensive writings on love. Christina M. Gschwandtner also considers Marion's explicitly theological writings and establishes their relationship to his larger phenomenological oeuvre. Overall, it approaches Marion's work not only as a philosophy of religion, but with specifically theological questions in mind. It hence shows how Marion's extensive historical and phenomenological work can be profitable and inspiring for theology today, for both systematic questions and for concerns of spirituality, in a way that holds the theoretical and the practical together.