On 5 March 2021 (5 pm GMT), the Institute is delighted to present an important book by our Visiting Professor, Nikolaos Loudovikos – Analogical Identities: The Creation of the Christian Self. Beyond Spirituality and Mysticism in the Patristic Era.
A Conversation with Very Revd Prof. Nikolaos Loudovikos (University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki), followed by Q & A
A book about the possibility of retrieving a concept of selfhood from Patristic theology, beyond the dichotomies of mind and body, or person and nature.
Is it possible for nihilism and an ontology of personhood as will to power to be incubated in the womb of Christian Mysticism? Is it possible that the modern ontology of power, which constitutes the core of the Greek-Western metaphysics, has a theological grounding? Has Nietszche reversed Plato or, more likely, Augustine and Origen, re-fashioning in a secular framework the very essence of their ontology? Do we have any alternative Patristic anthropological sources of the Greek-Western Self, beyond what has been traditionally called “Spirituality” or “Mysticism”? Patristic theology seems to ultimately provide us with a different understanding of selfhood, beyond any Ancient or modern, Platonic or not, Transcendentalism. This book strives to decipher, retrieve, and re-embody the underlying mature Patristic concept of selfhood, beyond the dichotomies of mind and body, essence and existence, transcendence and immanence, inner and outer, conscious and unconscious, person and nature, freedom and necessity: the Analogical Identityof this Self needs to be explored.
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Fr Nikolaos Loudovikos studied Psychology, Pedagogy, Theology and Philosophy at the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Sorbonne (IV), Catholic Institute of Paris and Cambridge. He is a Professor of Dogmatics and Christian Philosophy at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, a Visiting Professor at the IOCS Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. He is the author of twelve books on Systematic or Philosophical Theology and numerous articles, translated in ten languages. He is the Senior Editor of Analogia: The Pemptousia Journal for Theological Studies.