Asceticism by Vincent L. Wimbush, Richard Valantasis

By Vincent L. Wimbush, Richard Valantasis

From meditation and fasting to celibacy and anchoritism, the ascetic impulse has been a permanent and intricate phenomenon all through background. delivering a sweeping view of this elusive and debatable point of non secular existence and tradition, Asceticism appears to be like on the ascetic impulse from a different vantage element. Cross-cultural, cross-religious, and multidisciplinary in nature, those essays offer a large ancient and comparative standpoint on asceticism--a topic not often studied outdoors the context of person spiritual traditions. The paintings represents the enter of greater than 40 preeminent students in a variety of fields and disciplines, and analyzes asceticism from antiquity to the current in ecu, close to jap, African, Asian, and North American settings. Asceticism is geared up round 4 significant issues that lower throughout non secular traditions: origins and meanings of asceticism, which explores the motivations and impulses at the back of ascetic behaviors; hermeneutics of asceticism, which appears at texts and rhetorics and their presuppositions; aesthetics of asceticism, which files responses evoked by way of ascetic impulses and practices, in addition to the humanities of ascetic practices themselves; and politics of asceticism, which analyzes the ability dynamics of asceticism, particularly as regards gender, cultural, and ethnic alterations. severe responses to the foremost papers make sure the concentration upon the subjects and unify the dialogue. common addresses on vast philosophical and historical-interpretive concerns recommend the significance of the topic of asceticism for wide-ranging yet critical cultural-critical discussions. An Appendix, Ascetica Miscellanea, comprises six brief papers on provocative themes no longer with regards to the 4 significant subject matters, and a panel dialogue at the practices and meanings of asceticism in modern non secular lifestyles and tradition. a specific bibliography and an index also are integrated. the single accomplished reference paintings on asceticism with a multicultural, multireligious, and multidisciplinary viewpoint, Asceticism bargains a version not just for an realizing of a most crucial measurement of non secular lifestyles, but additionally for destiny interdisciplinary learn regularly.

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The essays that follow reflect rich and frightening diversity. For the purposes of this volume, the responses to the papers reflect the forging of a common language and common categories. They should be read first, as the initial guide through the individual essays, and they will stimulate other directions when reread after the individual essays. Since the matrix of the conference was a specific quality of conversation amid a wide range of scholars and fields, and since it is our desire to stimulate further conversation within the academic study and religious practice of asceticism, the editors have included all of the formal papers of the conference: these papers reflect the state of ascetical studies with all its attendant strengths and weaknesses, and they provide the foundation for further study and debate by presenting the wealth of perspectives on the subject.

I want to argue that the howl of Oedipus, far from being akin to the scream uttered in response to physical injury, a biological reflex as it were, is a distillate of a certain telos (purpose) and of a complex discursive formation, one that is different from asceticism. A clue may be derived from Claude Levi-Strauss's interpretation, not of the Oedipus story itself, upon which he has commented copiously, but of the incest taboo. "4 To be sure, nature alone already operates lawfully, in that living things reproduce their own kind and not some other.

67). 38. Apophthegmata, Isaac the Priest 6, Eulogius the Priest 1. 39. 2, Les canons des Synodes Particuliers (Grottaferrata, 1962), pp. 35-36; trans. Henry R. Percival, The Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church: Their Canons and Dogmatic Decrees, A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, 2d series, vol. 14 (Oxford/New York, 1900), p. 597. 40. Canon 9; cf. Canons 1-2, 4, 10, 14, in Joannou, op. , pp. 89-95; trans. O. Larry Yarbrough, in Wimbush, Ascetic Behavior, pp.

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