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The aim of this series is to provide an opportunity for publication of more substantial works of monograph length and collective works on particular themes. Supplements are published in a frequency of about one volume a year. 

In April 2021 a new supplement of Studies in Spirituality, nr. 36, is being published: Mysticism and/as Love Theory

Edited by Marc De Kesel and Ad Poirters.
 
Summary supplement of Studies in Spirituality, nr. 36

Mysticism is all about love. Mystics love God and want to get in touch with Him. To this end, they follow a tortuous path through the intimacy of their own souls, driven by desire. The Lord may not be the easiest of lovers, but this does not prevent them from longing for Him. In fact, his perceived absence, physical and even mental, makes their love burn all the fiercer. And this burning love is far from thoughtless. The difficulty of loving God is precisely one of the main reasons why mystics have always felt the need to reflect profoundly upon their relationship with Him. The mystical canon testifies in various ways to its authors’ extensive and diversified thinking on their intense spiritual love lives. And these reflections all have their elaborate, subtle theories of love.

It is from this perspective that the contributions to this volume approach several important works in the Christian mystical tradition, from the Seven Ways of Minne by Beatrice of Nazareth, via Novalis’s Hymns to the Night, to the Prologue by Simone Weil. These writings are examined for their specific theoretical schemes and backgrounds. At the same time, the question is also dealt with how the theory and the experience of love relate to one another in these texts. Investigations of the reflections on this topic by modern thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Michel Foucault round off this exploration of mysticism and its love theories.

 

In February 2021 a new supplement of Studies in Spirituality, nr. 35, is being published: From Wisdom to Mystery through Love. Philosophy as Spiritual Itinerary to the Absolute by author Ofilada Mina M.

The diverse chapters of this programmatic book, originally penned as essays, are pathways within the same itinerary of presenting a fundamental model of understanding Philosophy: Philosophy is Spirituality. This itinerary is not only defined by its goal, which is the Absolute (the all-encompassing term to designate the Supreme Being or what confessionally is designated as God or Lord), but by the path of mediation or experience. Parting from the Basic Coordinates of the Question or the Status Quaestionis, Philosophy is redefined in view of its Metaphysical Vocation which aims for man to have communion with the Transcendental Reality, in its Supreme Instance (the Absolute), which has its roots in contemplation, which is the true metaphysical attitude in face of the ontological reduction of all reality to thought which is being in the human knowing faculty.

From Metaphysics to path opens us up as Mystagogy or initiation, accompaniment into the Mystery which is the Presence of the Transcendent in the Immanence of Human History. The effectivity of this Presence is what is understood to be the Mystical, which is not to be reduced to its external phenomena.

Only in Mystagogy can the Metaphysical Project of Communion of Philosophy be realized as a Spirituality, as a historical itinerary within human immanence, toward the Transcendental Reality of the Absolute.

Given the programmatic nature of this work, the chapters are only introductions to the dynamics of discovering Philosophy as Spirituality and thus are bereft of the aim of presenting an exhaustive treatise. Written within a primarily Christian tradition, this opus is a dialogue and seeks to further widen the horizons of dialogue with its succinct and yet profoundly reflective exposition and presentation of viewpoints.

From Wisdom to Mystery through Love. Philosophy as Spiritual Itinerary to the Absolute
is avaiable at Peeters Publishers.

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