By Joshua Lollar
Maximus the Confessor (580-662) is among the nice minds of the Christian culture and his Ambigua to John are a suite of texts uniquely expressive of the speculative contours of his notion. they've got no longer, even though, obtained an artificial therapy before. This paintings presents this sort of artificial therapy and argues that Maximus' primary quandary within the Ambigua to John is to articulate the character of philosophy and, extra accurately, the scope of the contemplation of nature in the philosophical lifestyles, the place philosophy, the affection of knowledge, is not anything lower than the affection of the Divine. half I of this research offers an intensive historical past in Greek philosophical and patristic philosophies of nature, displaying how Maximus' predecessors understood wisdom of the realm with regards to philosophical existence, discourse, and praxis. half II reviews the contemplation of nature within the Ambigua and analyzes Maximus' account of human affectivity on the planet, his account of the coherence of philosophical existence (praxis and contemplation) as a reaction to this affectivity, his realizing of the relation among God and the area, and his reconciliation of those numerous elements of philosophy within the Christian economic system of salvation, which he knows because the renewal of nature and its contemplation.
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