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The Schism in Philosophy

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Christos Yannaras is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens. Born in Athens in 1935, I have studied at the Universities of Athens, Thessalonica, Bonn, and Paris. He holds doctorates in philosophy from the Sorbonne and in theology from Thessalonica. He is the author of more than twenty books that have been translated into a number of languages.



Part One - The Primordial "Love of Wisdom"

Chapter 1.1 The Sensible Intelliglbe

1. The “Initial” Distinction

p. 3

2. The Impact of Intelligence on Sensible Reality: Reason (Logos) and Nature (Physis)

p. 5

3. Dynamic Mediation of Humankind: Thinking (Noein) and Being (Einai)

p. 7

Chapter 1.2 The Relative and the Absolute

4. The Primodial Ascent

p. 11

5. The Experiential Appropriation of the Absolute: Freedom and Otherness

p. 14

6. The Collective/Communal Appropriation of the Absolute: History and Civilization

p. 16

Chapter 1.3 Myth and Symbol

7. The “Mystical” Function of Myth

p. 21

8. The Symbolic Expression of the Ineffable

p. 23

9. The Desired Objective: The Clarification of the Existential Event

p. 26

Chapter 1.4 Image and Language

10. The Dissemination of the Principle of Experiential Immediacy: The Embodied Principle of the Image

p. 31

11. Democritean Iconolgy: “Images Endowed with Speech”

p. 34

12. Plastic Iconology: Ideas/Essences of Beings

p. 36

Bibliography I

p. 40

Part Two - Rational Knowledge

Chapter 2.1 From Myth to Concepts

13. The Reality of the “Common Logos”

p. 43

14. The Definition and Semantics of Essence or Substance

p. 47

15. Abstraction and Abstract Concept

p. 52

Chapter 2.2 - The Semantics of Truth

16. Truth as Participation

p. 59

17. Logos or Reason as the “Judge” of Truth

p. 64

18. The Apophatic/Potential Definition of Truth

p. 72

Chapter 2.3 From the Knowledge of Truth to the Utility of Knowledge

19. The Augustinian Roots: De Utiliate Credendi

p. 87

20. The Scholastic Adaequantio

p. 95

21. Cartesian Cogito

p. 105

Chapter 2.4 - From Utilitarian Knowledge to the Totalitarian of Absolute Systems

22. The Kantian “Achievement”: Turning the Subject into an Absolute in Order to Determine the Objective

p. 113

23. The “Closed” Hegelian System

p. 123

24. The Marxist Reversal

p. 131

25. The Culture of the Enlightenment

p. 143

Bibliography II

p. 162

Part Three - The Ontological Question

Chapter 3.1 - The Ontic and Ontological Definitions of Being

26. The Ontic Version: Determinism and Axiology

p. 165

27. The Ontological Version: Phenomenology and Nothingness

p. 184

28. A Discontinuity: The Identification of Being with Personal Otherness

p. 194

Chapter 3.2 - Freedom and Necessity

29. The Problem of “Universals” (Universalia): The Givenness of Existence

p. 211

30. The Self-Definition of Existence: The “Condemnation” of Freedom

p. 232

31. Referentiality and Ekstasis: The Dynamics of the “Mode of Existence”

p. 251

Chapter 3.3 - The Cosmic Dimension of the Existent

32. Space and Movement

p. 271

33. Time and “Predestination”

p. 291

34. Beauty

p. 317

Bibliography III

p. 338


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