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Studien zur ideologischen Ambivalenz der ‚deutschen‘ Mystik
Volume Editors: Maxime Mauriège and Martina Roesner
Wohl kein mittelalterlicher Autor hat im Laufe der Jahrhunderte eine größere Faszination auf seine Leser ausgeübt als Meister Eckhart. Die besondere Universalität und Weite seines mystisch-theologischen Denkens hat ihn jedoch auch immer wieder zur Projektionsfläche für ideologisch motivierte Interpretationen aller Art gemacht. Der vorliegende Band beleuchtet die Rezeption, die Eckharts Mystik in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus erfahren hat. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei die verschiedenen und teilweise widersprüchlichen Versuche, Eckhart zum Begründer eines „germanischen Christentums“ bzw. eines „deutschen Glaubens“ zu stilisieren und ihn in polemischer Weise gegen das Judentum, aber auch gegen die Katholische Kirche in Stellung zu bringen.

Meister Eckhart is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating medieval authors, who has appealed to a wide audience across the centuries. At the same time, the extraordinary universality and openness of his mystical-theological approach has repeatedly made him the object of all kinds of ideological projections and misinterpretations. The present volume examines the reception of Eckhart’s mysticism in the era of National Socialism. The main focus is put on the different and sometimes contradictory attempts to present Eckhart as the founder of “Germanic Christianity” or “German faith” and as a visceral opponent of both Judaism and the Catholic Church.
Volume Editors: Jana Schultz and James Wilberding
Sosipatra, Hypatia, Macrina: some of the most famous female philosophers of antiquity were connected to Neoplatonism. But what does it mean to be a woman philosopher in late antiquity? How is the inclusive nature of the Neoplatonic schools connected to their ethical, political, and metaphysical ideas? What role does the religious dimension of late Neoplatonism and the role of women as priestesses play in understanding Neoplatonic women philosophers?
This book offers thirteen essays that examine women and the female in Neoplatonism from a variety of perspectives, paying particular attention to the interactions between the metaphysics, psychology, and ethics.
Author: Daniel Ferguson

Abstract

This paper examines Aristotle’s argument in Eudemian Ethics 1.8 that eudaimonia, the best practicable good, is the telos of the practicable goods. Aristotle defers to the Platonists in thinking that the best practicable good is the first practicable good and the cause of the other practicable goods’ goodness (though he also has his own reason for thinking this). But, on his view, it is the telos of the practicable goods that has these two properties. Aristotle’s argument for this latter claim is supported by his view, more fully discussed in Posterior Analytics 2.11, of how final causes explain normative facts.

In: Phronesis
In: Phronesis
Author: Wenjin Liu

Abstract

Ignorance is commonly assumed to be a lack of knowledge in Plato’s Socratic dialogues. I challenge that assumption. In the Protagoras, ignorance is conceived to be a substantive, structural psychic flaw—the soul’s domination by inferior elements that are by nature fit to be ruled. Ignorant people are characterized by both false beliefs about evaluative matters in specific situations and an enduring deception about their own psychic conditions. On my interpretation, akrasia, moral vices, and epistemic vices are products or forms of ignorance, and a person who lacks knowledge is not necessarily ignorant.

In: Phronesis
Editorial Board / Council Member: Mathias Mayer, Christine Lubkoll, Joachim Jacob, and Claudia Öhlschläger
Die Reihe „Ethik – Text – Kultur“ will der anhaltenden Aufmerksamkeit für ethische Themen und Fragen in literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Diskursen ein Forum bieten. Ethik – Text – Kultur markiert eine Konstellation, in der Ethik nicht als normative Wertsetzung verstanden wird, sondern als eine Reflexionstheorie von Moral, die es erlaubt, das kritische und widerständige Potential von Textualität und textuellen Praktiken in sowohl historischer als auch gegenwärtiger Perspektive sichtbar zu machen.
Darüber hinaus sollen in den Studien und Beiträgen der Reihe „Ethik – Text – Kultur“ die medialen und kulturellen Bedingungen ethischer Reflexion fokussiert werden. Zur Debatte stehen die implizite und explizite Ethik der Texte, ihrer Darstellungsweisen und ihrer Pragmatik, der Kultur und ihrer (medialen) Konstruktionen.
Studies in Ancient Philosophy
Philosophia Antiqua is the leading series specializing in books on Ancient Philosophy, covering the entire history of the subject from the Presocratics through Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics to the Neoplatonists of late Antiquity. The series has recently tended to emphasize areas that once used to be under-represented in the literature, for example Hellenistic philosophy, the skeptical tradition, Galen and other non-Platonist authors of later Antiquity, but this merely reflects a shifting focus in the field and is not a matter of deliberate policy. The over-riding concern of the series is to promote scholarship of the highest quality and originality, publishing work specifically oriented towards texts (editions, commentaries, translations), but also monographs, including both those that offer new readings of familiar – or less familiar – texts and those that explore the intersections between ancient and modern topics and approaches. Volumes are published in English, French and German. The series includes edited volumes that show a clear and coherent focus, but does not normally host Festschriften or Memorial volumes.
Series Editor: Gert-Jan van der Heiden
Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology publishes research in phenomenological philosophy and its hermeneutical and deconstructive extensions. The series focuses on the relevance of phenomenology for human life, its relation to the world and contemporary culture. The series publishes volumes on current topics in phenomenology, as well as on major authors in the phenomenological movement, and on significant developments within the field. It also welcomes studies that relate the phenomenological approach to other disciplines in philosophy, the humanities, literary and cultural studies.

The series published an average of two volumes per year over the last 5 years.
Studies in Mysticism, Idealism and Phenomenology / Studien in Mystik, Idealismus und Phänomenologie (SMIP) will publish philosophical, theological, philological, literary and (art-)historical studies as well as editions and translations of original texts concerning Mysticism and its reception from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. The principal focus of interest is not only but particularly German Mysticism and its historical, philological and systematic relationship to not only but particularly German Idealism (including Romanticism) and Phenomenology.
Originally conceived, the series covers studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition, which means it covers ancient philosophy in general but also the tradition in its medieval, modern, and post-modern "horizons." This means that the subseries publishes works, historically and thematically, across the whole "Platonic tradition."

The series published an average of 1,5 volumes per year over the last 5 years.