Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher

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Sotiris Mitralexis, Georgios Steiris, Marchin Podbielski, Sebastian Lalla
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , September
     366 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The study of Maximus the Confessor’s thought has flourished in recent years: international conferences, publications and articles, new critical editions and translations mark a torrent of interest in the work and influence of perhaps the most sublime of the Byzantine Church Fathers. It has been repeatedly stated that the Confessor’s thought is of eminently philosophical interest. However, no dedicated collective scholarly engagement with Maximus the Confessor as a philosopher has taken place—and this volume attempts to start such a discussion. Apart from Maximus’ relevance and importance for philosophy in general, a second question arises: should towering figures of Byzantine philosophy like Maximus the Confessor be included in an overview of the European history of philosophy, or rather excluded from it—as is the case today with most histories of European philosophy? Maximus’ philosophy challenges our understanding of what European philosophy is. In this volume, we begin to address these issues and examine numerous aspects of Maximus’ philosophy—thereby also stressing the interdisciplinary character of Maximian studies.

Contributors include: Fr. Maximos Constas, Justin Shaun Coyle, Vladimir Cvetković, Natalie Depraz, Demetrios Harper, Michael Harrington, Georgi Kapriev, Karolina Kochańczyk-Bonińska, Nicholas Loudovikos, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Michail Mantzanas, Smilen Markov, Sotiris Mitralexis, Marcin Podbielski, Dionysios Skliris, Georgios Steiris, Stoyan Tanev, Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, Jordan Daniel Wood

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sotiris Mitralexis is assistant professor of [hilosophy at the City University of Istanbul and visiting research fellow at the University of Winchester.

Georgios Steiris is assistant professor of medieval and Renaissance philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Marcin Podbielski is editor-in-chief of Forum Philosophicum, an international journal for philosophy, and teaches philosophy at the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Cracow, Poland.

Sebastian Lalla is assistant professor (Privatdozent) at the Freie Universitat Berlin's Institute of Philosophy and guest professor of philosophy at the National University of Mongolia.

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