Studies on the Ancient Armenian Version of Philo's Works


The volume aims to introduce the studies on the Armenian version of Philo's writings, as well as being valuable for scholars who are not Armenologists. This corpus of ancient translations is of great importance to us not only because it has preserved works whose Greek originals have been lost, but it will also be of use for improving our knowledge regarding the reception of Philo's thought. The essays approach the subject from different perspectives - historical, hermeneutical, philological and linguistic - in order to provide an overview on current research issues, giving special attention to the fortune of Philo's works in Armenian Christianity.

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Biographical Note

Paola Pontani, Ph.D. in Armenian Studies (1995), is research fellow in Historical Linguistics at the Catholic University of Milano. Her main interests regard translation and inter-cultural communication. She has published papers on the Armenian versions of Philo's works related to these topics.

Sara Mancini Lombardi, Ph.D. (2004) in Armenian Studies (Catholic University of Milano). She has published papers on the Armenian translations of Greek texts, based upon textual, linguistic and hermeneutical aspects.

Table of contents


1 Introduction
 Introductory Remarks
 Silence as Indirect Discourse

2 Phenomenology and Silence
 A Phenomenological Approach to Silence
 Silence and the Origin of Language

3 Silence and Art
 Mallarmé, Andreiyeff, and the Silence of Empty Spaces
 John Cage and Silence
 Susan Sontag and the Aesthetics of Silence

4 Music and Silence
 Musical Interpretations of Silence after Cage
 Silence and Music Theory
 Making Music (and Silence) Together

5 Silence and Theological Matters
 Silence and God
 Kierkegaard and Silence
 Holding Chaos at Bay

6 Silence and Creativity
 Silence and the Creative Process
 Repetition as a Creative Form of Silence
 Bachelard and the Metaphysics of the Moment
 Silence and Negative Space

7 Merleau-Ponty’s Embodied Silence
 The Flesh of the World
 The Lived Body
 Merleau-Ponty on Cézanne and Klee

8 Silence and Spirituality
 Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings
 Nagarjuna’s Doctrine of Emptiness
 Derrida’s Deconstruction of Metaphysics
 The Contrasting Roles for Silence in Nagarjuna and Derrida

9 Wittgenstein and Silence
 Rules of Grammar
 Seeing vs. Seeing As
 Meaning vs. Intending
 On Knowledge and Certainty
 Describing Silence

10 Giacometti’s Repetitious Art
 Subtractive Acts
 Capturing the Mystery

11 Borges and Silence
 “The Writing of the God”: Borges and Wittgenstein
 Seeing the World sub specie aeterni

12 Heidegger and Silence
 Dasein’s Experience of Unhiddenness
 Art and Thinking
 The Breakdown of Language
 Keeping Silent

13 Beckett and Silence
 Beckett’s Disruptive Nihilism
 Husserl and Beckett
 Bataille and Blanchot on Beckett and Silence

14 Kafka’s Appropriation of Silence
 Kafka’s Uses of Silence
 Blanchot on Kafka’s Silence

15 Silence and the Holocaust
 Heidegger’s Silence Concerning the Holocaust

16 Blanchot’s Absorption in Silence
 Blanchot’s Immemorial Silence
 Blanchot on the Silence of Mallarmé
 Blanchot on Celan’s Poetics of Silence

17 Foucault on Silence as Discourse
 Silence as a Form of Oppression
 A Feminist Perspective on Ideological Silence
 Foucault’s Archaeological Investigation

18 Concluding Remarks
 Silence and the Limits of Language
 Silence and the Limits of Conscious Intention
 The Spiritual Force of Silence in Art and Psychology
 Discourse and the Construction of Meaning Through Silence
 Silence and the Unspeakable
 The Dialogue of Speech and Silence



Experts in Armenian Studies, as well as scholars of Hellenistic Judaism, Early Christian Studies, History of Religions and Philologists, especially those interested in the transmission of Greek texts through the languages of the Near-East.

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