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Author: Wietse de Boer
This volume, written by one of the leading scholars on Emmanuel Levinas, deals with Levinas’ conception of Transcendence, Prophecy and Philosophy. Among the issues discussed in this volume are ontology and eschatology, Judaism and Hellenism, the relationship between transcendental and dialogical thought, the God of the Philosophers and the God of the Patriarchs. Theodore de Boer is Emeritus Professor of systematic philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Author: Wietse De Boer


This contribution critiques the current practice of studying the early modern Catholic clergy within the parameters of confessionalization and professionalization theories. Measuring the features of the early modern priest with the standards of the institutional reforms to which he was subjected, is an inevitably reductive operation. Once we take the perspective of the priest and study his career from a variety of angles (including family, education, economic opportunities, and career choices), his cultural profile may prove to be the far more complex outcome of often competing forces. Personal memoirs, such as the diary of Girolamo Magni, parish priest of Popiglio (Pistoia), arc especially helpful for the study of priests' careers and identity.

In: Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis / Dutch Review of Church History
In: Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe
In: Meditatio – Refashioning the Self
In: A New History of Penance
In: Spirits Unseen: The Representation of Subtle Bodies in Early Modern European Culture
In: Ut pictura amor
In: Jesuit Image Theory
Sensation is the subject of a burgeoning field in the humanities. This volume examines its role in the religious changes and transformations of early modern Europe. Sensation was not only central to the doctrinal disputes of the Reformation, but also critical in shaping new or reformed devotional practices. From this vantage point the book explores the intersections between the world of religion and the spheres of art, music, and literature; food and smell; sacred things and spaces; ritual and community; science and medicine. Deployed in varying, often contested ways, the senses were essential pathways to the sacred. They permitted knowledge of the divine and the universe, triggered affective responses, shaped holy environments, and served to heal, guide, or discipline body and soul.

Contributors include Alfred Acres, Barbara Baert, Andrew R. Casper, Wietse de Boer, Sven Dupré, Iain Fenlon, Laura Giannetti, Christine Göttler, Jennifer R. Hammerschmidt, Joseph Imorde, Rachel King, Jennifer Rae McDermott, Walter S. Melion, Matthew Milner, Sarah Joan Moran, Yvonne Petry, and Klaus Pietschmann.
In: Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe