Ever-Moving Repose

A Contemporary Reading of Maximus the Confessor's Theory of Time

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Sotiris Mitralexis
  • Sheffield, England: 
    James Clarke & Co.
    , June
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Sotiris Mitralexis offers a contemporary look at Maximus the Confessor's (580–662 CE) understanding of temporality, logoi, and deification, through the perspective of the contemporary philosopher and theologian Christos Yannaras, as well as John Zizioulas and Nicholas Loudovikos. Mitralexis argues that Maximus possesses both a unique theological ontology and a unique threefold theory of temporality: time, the Aeon, and the radical transformation of temporality and motion in an ever-moving repose. With these three distinct modes of temporality, a Maximian theory of time can be reconstructed. This theory can be approached via his teachings on logoi and deification, as time is more precisely measuring a relationship, the consummation of which effects the transformation of time into a dimensionless present, devoid of temporal, spatial, and general ontological distance. This manifests a perfect communion-in-otherness. In examining Maximian temporality, the author not only focusses on one aspect of Maximus' comprehensive Weltanschauung, but looks at the Maximian vision as a whole through the lens of temporality and motion.

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

Sotiris Mitralexis is Seeger Fellow at Princeton University, Assistant Professor of philosophy at the City University of Istanbul and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. His latest title, Polis, Ontology, Ecclesial Event (2018), is also published by James Clarke and Co Ltd.


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