Can I ask a couple of questions?Twenty Nine said:I looked online for Zizioulas' Communion and Otherness but it is expensive. If anyone has a copy and would like to sell it, please PM me.
Yeah, Zizioulas appears to be trying to rehabilitate post-Hegelianism, get it out of the hands of the Mikhail Bakunin's of this world. It's a noble effort, and he's not the first. His intentions don't really matter one way or the other, however, due to the dialogical nature of his work in conversation with others on the same methodology... Nope, intentions don't really have any value in human discourse--unless self-cancellation carries value, that is. :-\Second Chance said:I am intrigued by part of the Metropolitan's Orthodoxwiki entry:
"The principle themes in Metropolitan John’s theology are freedom and otherness, both human and divine. Grounding his work in the Cappadocian Fathers and St Maximus Confessor in particular, he articulates a relational ontology in which neither unity nor plurality have priority. His Being as Communion (1985) addressed the theme from the importance of communion for unity, while his later Communion and Otherness (2007) is a complementary analysis of the importance of otherness for communion. He thus takes up the ancient philosophical problem of reconciling the One and the Many, which he examines with respect to divinity (the three Persons of the Trinity and the monarchia of the Father), humanity (theological anthropology), and the Church (ecclesiology). The philosophical implications of the book extend to the human and social sciences. A further theme of the two studies is the eschatological ontology he derives from St Maximus the Confessor, in which the truly real is that which is real at the eschaton. This is the subject of a new book by the Metropolitan to be released in summer 2008, Remembering the Future: An Eschatological Ontology."
There is also a very interesting abridged version of an address that the Metropolitan had given to the European Orthodox Congress in October, 1993: http://www.incommunion.org/2004/12/11/communion-and-otherness/