the presence of the invisible within the visible

In Greek philosophy, …the highest kind of knowledge, and therefore the highest moment of earthly life, …connected the visible with the invisible. [This] was noetic: the unencumbered exercise of that highest faculty of alertness and heedfulness and comprehension for which they reserved the name, “nous,” a noun that we can render variously as intellectual intuition,Continue reading “the presence of the invisible within the visible”

inscribed deep within the Earth

This passage comes after a description of the noetic pursuit of transcendent truth by all of the Greek philosophers, upward and away from the earth. This central theme of noetic ascent is summarized (with appreciation) from the Presocratics through Aristotle, before Foltz turns to incarnation: Into this trajectory of restless, almost obsessive, transcendence comes theContinue reading “inscribed deep within the Earth”

entire regions of human interest

E. F. Schumacher, in A Guide for the Perplexed: In this book, we shall look at the world and try and see it whole. …Mapmaking is an empirical art that employs a high degree of abstraction but nonetheless clings to reality with something akin to self-abandonment. It’s motto, in a sense, is “Accept everything; rejectContinue reading “entire regions of human interest”

responsibility to one’s neighbor

Zimmermann and Klassen compare Heidegger, Gadamer and Levinas: Hans Georg Gadamer … emphasizes the point that ideas for our interpretation of the world do not simply pop into our heads from nowhere but are passed on to us through tradition. …We must begin not with greater totalities such as Heidegger’s Being or Gadamer’s tradition butContinue reading “responsibility to one’s neighbor”