Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism is an important contribution to the study of Camus as well as to the disciplines of religion, philosophy, literature, and political theory. Srigley also reviews the scholarship on Christian Metaphysics and shows how his translation and interpretation of the book fits into this literature. For those who read and study Camus, and even for those who do not, Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism is required reading as an entry point to one of the most original and influential thinkers of the twentieth century.
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Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. Ronald D. Camus senses an "emptiness" in life: "Like his religious colleagues, Camus sensed keenly the emptiness of modern life. Also, like them, he believed that this emptiness had been caused, at least in part, by a narrowing or impoverishment of the full range of human experience, and thus pointed to some greater or transcendent reality" I suppose I need to be careful with my allusion to Nietzsche.
It must be stressed that Camus is referring back to the balance found in the Greek notions of beauty and rationality. Modernity incites mankind to become irrational with the rise of romanticism and irresponsible. Nietzsche, on the other hand, emphasizes esp. I should mention that Srigley indicates that Paul Archambault "undertakes to complete the task" that he has mentioned Recognizes that Eric Voegelin, Martin Buber, and Hannah Arendt all agreed with and supported Camus likely because they all had been tragically affected by supposedly Christian projects : "Voegelin, Buber, and Arendt all had their own philosophical projects, each with its own emphases and differences.
Yet they all sought to articulate an alternative to the modern project, and they all had reasons to hesitate over Christianity" Camus, in Christian Metaphysics frequently sets up antitheses.
This is done due to the central antithesis: modernity and Christianity. One rejects the untenable teachings of one tradition only to find oneself forced to accept those of the other" Camus possesses a spiritual malady his dread before the void of existence--this is supremely Kierkegaardean : "He knew that what prevented him from seeing the things with which he was confronted aright was not an intellectual problem in the narrow sense, nor simply his time understood as an external force, but a spiritual or existential malady that existed in the world around him and also in him" Srigley then goes on to quote Camus from his "Return to Tipasa": "I too am sick" However, at other times he says that such a longing is foreign to the Greeks.
I think that Srigley is trying to get at the fact that Camus inherently battles with his own longing, his own personal "Christianity" that creates conflict and contradiction in his writings. What are "pagan virtues" according to Camus? We must restore them. We must paganize belief, grecesize the Christ and restore balance" 35; in Carnets. And Christianity is prefigured in Hellenic thought" Incarnation "[W]hat constitutes the irreducible originality of Christianity is the theme of Incarnation.
The problems are made flesh and immediately assume the tragic and necessary character that is so often absent from certain games of the Greek spirit" Vattimo calls this moment "kenosis" and marks it as the point in time where God allows mankind full control over his life, creating a divine absence by debasing himself and placing himself on same plane as human being.
See below for definition of Incarnation by Camus Ch. The world itself is ordered according to the direction of this movement. The meaning of history is what God was willing to give it" Faith as surrender:.
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Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism
Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. Ronald D. Camus senses an "emptiness" in life: "Like his religious colleagues, Camus sensed keenly the emptiness of modern life. Also, like them, he believed that this emptiness had been caused, at least in part, by a narrowing or impoverishment of the full range of human experience, and thus pointed to some greater or transcendent reality"