Download PDF by Brendan Cook: Pursuing Eudaimonia: Re-appropriating the Greek

By Brendan Cook

ISBN-10: 1443842249

ISBN-13: 9781443842242

ISBN-13: 978-1443842242.

This booklet deals an unique account of an historic, replacement kind of 'negative' cause which stands in antithesis to its smooth instrumental shape which has ruled considering the pursuit of human improvement because the Enlightenment. It advances arguments for the restoration of such cause as a religious and healing lifestyle and demonstrates that it's most unlikely to totally have fun with the Christian apophatic culture with no investigating the intricacies of its philosophical background. the purpose of this dialogue is the retrieval and rediscovery of valuable insights from historical philosophy within the common pursuit of happiness. The book's re-appropriation of the 'negative' philosophical and theological articulation of the pursuit of eudaimonia bargains to redirect these dwelling within the twenty-first century in the direction of the importance of the Christian apophatic ascent and in so doing to aid them in uncapping the wellsprings of human ardour, hope and happiness.

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Faith the fundamental mode of sapiential knowing is a knowing in darkness, an affirmative cognition of mystery. 160 Within the Christian tradition, the main sapiential event was, of course, divine wisdom or logos (reason) becoming one with human nature in the ‘Christ-Mystery’. Knowledge of this ‘Mystery’ remains paradoxically as ‘obscure even as it is certain’. However, especially in the Western Christian tradition, foreshadowing secular modern thinking as its cultural offshoot, reason quickly became deployed in confining and objectifying the mystery.

The importance of explaining how these anxieties and fears and irrational desires arose in the first place is evident in their account of social evolution. 87 By the fourth century, the materialistic view of Epicurus reflects something of Aristotle’s divergence from Plato’s contemplative priority. It is where eudaimonia came to be understood as success secured in the practical world of human affairs solely through a person’s own actions and choices. ’88 Despite the material significance of eudaimonia becoming dominant during this period, Plato maintained that it is the just man who is really happy.

Is not purely objective but participatory . . Here, in the language of antiquity, the knower, the knowing, and the known are one . . Faith the fundamental mode of sapiential knowing is a knowing in darkness, an affirmative cognition of mystery. 160 Within the Christian tradition, the main sapiential event was, of course, divine wisdom or logos (reason) becoming one with human nature in the ‘Christ-Mystery’. Knowledge of this ‘Mystery’ remains paradoxically as ‘obscure even as it is certain’. However, especially in the Western Christian tradition, foreshadowing secular modern thinking as its cultural offshoot, reason quickly became deployed in confining and objectifying the mystery.

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