Confessions of a Rational Mystic: Anselm's Early Writings

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Purdue University Press, 1994 - History - 392 pages
Confessions of a Rational Mystic exposes both aspects of this transitional thinker through a multidimensional interpretation of his Pioslogion. It treats Anselm's famous proof for the existence of God as both a rational argument and an exercise in mystical theology, analyzing the logic of its reasoning while providing a phenomenological account of the vision of God that is embedded within it. Through a deconstructive reading of the cycle of prayer and proof that forms the overall structure of the text, not only is the argument returned to its place in the Proslogion as a whole, but the historic relationship that it attempts to establish between faith and reason is examined. In this way, the critical role that Anselm played in the history of philosophy is seen in a new light.

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Gregory Schufreider Director of Philosophy and Graduate Studies B.A. Northwestern University (1969); M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (1975).

He teaches primarily in areas of the History of Philosophy, Recent Continental Philosophy and the Philosophy of Art. He also teaches courses in the philosophy of film. His research has centered especially on Heidegger and he is at work on a book-length study of his thought.

His publications include An Introduction to Anselm's Argument, Temple University Press, 1978; The Metaphysician as Poet-Magician, Metaphilosophy, 1979; Art and the Problem of Truth, Man and World, 1981; Heidegger on Community, Man and World, 1981; The Logic of the Absurd, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1983; Overpowering the Center: Three Compositions by Modrian, JAAC, 1985; Heidegger Contribution to a Phenomenology of Culture,1986; and most recently, Confessions of a Rational Mystic: Anselm's Early Writings, Purdue University Series in the History of Philosophy, 1994