Thursday, 5 February 2015

Babadanji Avadhuta: An examination of personhood within the context of Being (ousia) in the Patristic tradition of Maximus the Confessor in comparison to Heidegger's model of non-being (nicht Sein)

The certainty of being in Maximus Confessor's tradition highlights the reflective nature of consciousness as the true mode of faith and reason giving rise to the hope of eternal victory of being over non-being , rather than dismissing existentia as qualities which in turn gives rise to mere expressions of Life. This Focus on essential being (ousiological einai model) , moving to eternal einai,  contends with forms of thought that argue for outward exsting only , providing meaning to hyparxeos in the Heideggerian types. The qualifying of outward forms allows me to argue for place of essential ontology  of person through the inward and principlic (logoi) activity model, and not  the other way round. Heidegger's vision of the soul as non being through materialistic changing categories becomes for me a sort of living death, causing unknown and not yet grasped categories lived from moment to moment. In this death-ful reflection of reason the ever blindness of form with no content , but ever changing realities , gives rise to non-being. Maximus overcomes this through an eternal reflection of the soul in the fulfilment of eternal being.
In this paper I will discuss these dichotomous points to underline the resolution to existential models through the deeper theology of Maximus the Confessor

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