|previous article in this issue||next article in this issue|
Document Details :
Title: Weisheit und Philosophie in der Lehre des Maximus Confessor
Author(s): KAPRIEV, Georgi
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 85 Issue: 1 Date: 2018
This article deals with the connection between wisdom and philosophy in the work of Maximus the Confessor. The discussion is situated within the field of discursive knowledge (including theological knowledge) and not of mystical theology. Maximus insists that in the realm of the theoretical, there is the knowledge of wisdom, which depends on νοῦς, while reason acts in the field of the practical and aims at the good. This, then, is how philosophy relates to wisdom. According to Maximus, ‘divine philosophy’, which encompasses vision, noetic wisdom, and practice, is the basis and purpose of discursive Christian philosophy. Therefore, discursive philosophy is also instrumental for the knowledge of God.