Thursday, 5 February 2015

Graciela Ritacco: The perennial legacy of Patristic thought

Having in mind the end of the controversial twentieth century that held the notion “God is dead”, it seems convenient to take into consideration reflections from the Philosophy of Religion. In particular, its notions about the problem between man and the divine.
The National Academy of Science in Buenos Aires and the School of Philosophy (Universidad del Salvador, San Miguel, Argentina) have recently formed a research group- which focuses on Phenomenology-  to enquire until which extent it is possible for the Philosophy of Religion to be in charge of the human link with transcendence. Within this group, it is my intention to show the relevance today of the Greek Patristic thought.
I will expose the relationship between “temporality and eternity” as one of the main philosophical keys in which to understand the divine attributes and their possible implications on the human development. The relationship between time and eternity is especially relevant today due to the importance that “historicity” gained within the philosophical issues as a specific characteristic of the human affairs.
Within a Neoplatonic frame, I shall place emphasis on Dionysius the Areopagite´s contribution on this issue as an example, in Greek language, of the Christian vision of time and eternity.

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