IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1542: Crossing Borders in the Medieval Mystical Tradition, I: Philosophical Perspectives

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Mystical Theology Network / University of Oxford
Organiser:Louise Nelstrop, St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford / Department of Theology & Religious Studies, York St John University
Moderator/Chair:Rob Faesen, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 1542-aBetween Oxford and Paris: The Development of the Notion of haecceitas in the Thought of John Duns Scotus
(Language: English)
Dominic Abbott, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 1542-bDissolving the Border?: Meister Eckhart on the Infinite in the Finite
(Language: English)
Christopher Wojtulewicz, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, King's College London
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 1542-cThe Not Other in Nicholas of Cusa: The Infinite Border of the Finite
(Language: English)
Inigo Bocken, Radboud Reflects, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Abstract

The sessions sponsored by the Mystical Theology Network will explore fundamental philosophical and theological issues related to medieval conceptions of the presence and absence of borders between the human and the divine, the finite and the infinite, and questions about the reception of mystical texts in different times, places, and languages. To what extent are ‘friendship’ and ‘affectus’ not only general social and psychological concepts, but also central to the historical and spiritual understanding of medieval mystics? How do mystics transgress the boundaries separating divinity and humanity and thus perhaps dissolve such distinctions? And to what extent are the receptions and perceptions of mystical texts dependent on differing contexts?