The Affective Dionysian Tradition in Medieval Northern Europe

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Recent students of mysticism have sharply distinguished monistic from theistic mysticism. The former is more or less identified with the empty consciousness experience and the latter with the love mysticism of such figures as Bernard of Clairvaux. I argue that a sharp distinction between the two is unwarranted. Western medieval mystics, for example, combined the apophatic theology of Dionysius the Areopagite with the erotic imagery of the mystical marriage. Their experiences were clearly theistic but integrally incorporated ”monistic moments’. I conclude by discussing Nelson Pike’s claim that these monistic moments were themselves phenomenologically theistic.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
WAITAD
Upload history
Archival date: 2018-03-14
View other versions
Added to PP index
2017-03-10

Total views
353 ( #22,481 of 71,187 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
38 ( #21,897 of 71,187 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.