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Solemn Communion

A Critical Examination of the Current Practices Surrounding the Completion of Christian Initiation in Masaka Diocese (Uganda, East Africa)


Godfrey Katumba

This study examines how the process of Christian initiation is catechetically and pastorally practised currently in the Catholic Diocese of Masaka, Uganda. It integrates the author’s pastoral experience in the Diocese with relevant literature in order to examine Solemn Communion. It argues that the catechetical course known as Mugigi, which the missionary White Fathers mostly originally hailing from France introduced into the area of present-day Masaka Diocese circa 1906 and became correlated with the reception of Solemn Communion, would benefit from the indigenous education in the Buganda kingdom, not to mention the Bugandan traditional religious worldview. It concludes that such cultural elements would not only profit the inculturation process but would also inform the concept of Christian initiation.

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«Yesterday, Today and Forever»

The Narrative World of Ps 94 [Ps 95] as a Hermeneutical Key to Hebrews

Robert Rayburn

Hebrews is a book of riddles. Recent scholarship has arrived at an impasse over difficulties and apparent contradictions within the argument. A new look at Hebrews is needed. This book examines the use of Psalm 95 in Hebrews. The psalm recalls a narrative world and renews an exhortation that reoccurs throughout Israel’s history. Hebrews takes up this summons and the story behind it (Heb 3-4, 10-12) to urge its audience to be faithful. This exhortation unites God’s people past and present (Heb 1, 13). The results of this study are applied to the new covenant (Heb 8) and reveal that a reexamination of common assumptions about Hebrews are necessary. A review of the history of interpretation shows that while assumptions about Hebrews have an early beginning, they have not gone unchallenged.

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Archaeology of Play

The Re-Discovery of Platonic-Aristotelian Tripartivism in Interdisciplinary Discourses

Lope Lesigues

Archaeology of Play: The Re-Discovery of Platonic-Aristotelian Tripartivism in Interdisciplinary Discourses proposes that play’s antithesis is not seriousness but rather one-dimensionality. This book argues that the rediscovery of Platonic-Aristotelian tripartivism lends to a more expansive appreciation of play in terms of three rhetorical registers—namely, skholé, agon, and paidia. Scholastic play resides in leisure and contemplation. Agonistics is realmed in competition, contests, and power-play, while paidiatics is expressed in lowly ruses, trickeries, recreation, and amusement of the low-bred and the subaltern. By subjecting play to the tripartite lens, Archaeology of Play highlights vital surpluses and lacunae in the treatment of the subject matter and therefore yields a refreshing, re-politicized understanding of play dynamics in the different fields of human endeavor.

Furthermore, Bourdieu’s and Rancière’s lusory discourses redeem play from the pitfalls of triadic over-schematization by thinking beyond tripartivism. The lively interlocution with other play theorists—Pieper, Kant, Schiller, Marcuse, Gadamer, Veblen, Arendt, Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Bakhtin, de Certeau, among others—adds substance to the mix where play becomes a critical resource for politics, aesthetics, and the democratic reordering of sociality.

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Edited by Dennis Sölch and David Hommen

Die Neuartigkeit einer Philosophie bemisst sich an der Sprache, in der sie zum Ausdruck kommt. In der Reflexion der philosophischen Terminologie offenbart sich die Bedingtheit unseres Denkens, das sein begriffliches Inventar nicht ad hoc entwickelt, sondern in Philosophiegeschichte und Alltagssprache bereits vorfindet. Das Wechselspiel zwischen Tradition und Innovation der Fachsprache gleicht dabei einem Balanceakt: Wer nur der Konvention verhaftet bleibt, vermag nichts Neues zu sagen, wer jeden Bezug zu vertrauten Vokabularen verliert, klingt esoterisch. Der Band zeigt exemplarisch den Bedeutungswandel philosophischer Termini, die Anforderungen an eine philosophische Terminologie und die Implikationen der Beschäftigung mit der philosophischen Sprache für unser Verständnis von Philosophie.

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Marek Piechowiak

This book is the first comprehensive study of Plato’s conception of justice. The universality of human rights and the universality of human dignity, which is recognised as their source, are among the crucial philosophical problems in modern-day legal orders and in contemporary culture in general. If dignity is genuinely universal, then human beings also possessed it in ancient times. Plato not only perceived human dignity, but a recognition of dignity is also visible in his conception of justice, which forms the core of his philosophy. Plato’s «Republic» is consistently interpreted here as a treatise on justice, relating to an individual and not to the state. The famous myth of the cave is a story about education taking place in the world here and now. The best activity is not contemplation, but acting for the benefit of others. Not ideas, but individuals are the proper objects of love. Plato’s philosophy may provide foundations for modern-day human rights protection rather than for totalitarian orders.

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Antiwestliche Diskurse in der serbischen und griechischen Orthodoxie

Zur Konstruktion des «Westens» bei Nikolaj Velimirović, Justin Popović, Christos Yannaras und John S. Romanides


Julia Anna Lis

Antiwestliche Diskurse und Stereotype begegnen uns bis heute in theologischen und kirchlichen Stellungnahmen und Publikationen von Orthodoxen in Griechenland und Serbien. Sie prägen vielfach den Diskurs über das eigene Verhältnis zu Europa. Ihre Wurzel, so eine These dieses Buches, haben diese Diskurse in einer Politischen Theologie, die den Westen als das Andere der eigenen Identität konstruiert. Sie bedingen zugleich eine religiös-nationale Identitätskonstruktion. Die theologischen und sozio-historischen Voraussetzungen, unter denen diese Selbst- und Fremdbilder entstehen, werden hier analysiert. Dabei wird deutlich, wie sich die Kritik am Westen in immer neue Paradoxien verstrickt, obwohl sie zur Stabilisierung der eigenen Identität beitragen soll.

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The Process of Formation of Religious Members in the Church

A Case Study of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Marren Rose A. Awiti IBVM

The Process of Formation of Religious Members in the Church: A Case Study of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary offers comprehensive and detailed information on the norms and teachings of the Church regarding the concept of formation. This book undertakes a case study of the IBVM, detailing both the unique and standard aspects of their program. It will be a valuable resource for the commission entrusted with the work of revising the law of the Church.

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Logik und Erkenntnistheorie

Istanbuler Vorlesungen. Herausgegeben von Erhard Oeser


Stephan Haltmayer

Edited by Erhard Oeser

Das Anliegen des Werks ist es, die kulturübergreifende Bedeutung der Aristotelischen Philosophie in der islamisch-arabischen Kultur nachzuweisen. Die arabische Sprache ist nicht nur die Sprache des Koran, sondern sie ist auch die universale Sprache der Wissenschaft und Philosophie. Und es waren die arabisch schreibenden Autoren des Mittelalters, welche nicht nur die Aristotelischen Schriften ins Abendland überlieferten, aber auch in ihren Kommentaren weiterentwickelten. Das gilt sowohl für die naturwissenschaftlichen als auch für seine philosophischen Werke des Aristoteles, vor allem für seine Logik und Erkenntnistheorie.

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Boris Hennig

This book examines Aristotle’s four causes (material, formal, efficient, and final), offering a systematic discussion of the relation between form and matter, causation, taxonomy, and teleology. The overall aim is to show that the four causes form a system, so that the form of a natural thing relates to its matter as the final cause of a natural process relates to its efficient cause. Aristotle’s Four Causes reaches two novel and distinctive conclusions. The first is that the formal cause or essence of a natural thing is not a property of this thing but a generic natural thing. The second is that the final cause of a process is not its purpose but the course that processes of its kind typically take.

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Edited by Dorota Probucka

This book provides an overview of selected problems typical of contemporary ethics. It consists of eight chapters – articles, each of which discusses another moral dilemma. These issues are related to environmental ethics, animal rights, moral education, liberal-communitarian debate, moral cognitivism, postmodern ethics, dilemmas of migration policy, and contemporary exploitation of people. The book discusses important moral problems and can be an interesting incentive to study ethics and philosophy.