Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation by Samuel KimbrielFriendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation by Samuel Kimbriel

Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation

bySamuel Kimbriel

Hardcover | June 16, 2014

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We are haunted, Samuel Kimbriel suggests, by a habit of isolation buried, often imperceptibly, within our practices of understanding and relating to the world. In this volume he works through the complexities of this disposition to contest its place within contemporary philosophical thoughtand practice. He focuses on the human activity of friendship. Chapters one and two examine friendship to unearth the contours of this habit towards isolation and to reveal certain ills that have long attended it. Chapters three through seven place these isolated ways of relating to the world intocritical dialogue with the tradition of late-antique and early-medieval Johannine Christianity, in which intimacy and understanding go hand in hand. This tradition drew the human activities of friendship and enquiry into such unity that understanding itself became a kind of communion. Kimbrielendorses a return to an antique and particularly Christian philosophical habit - "the befriending of wisdom."
Samuel Kimbriel is a teaching fellow in philosophical theology at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on questions of metaphysical realism, with a particular interest in perception and intellection. He holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Title:Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming IsolationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Friendship and disengagement1. Friendship and isolation2. Friendship, virtue and contemplationPart II: Friendship and enquiry: Beyond disengagement3. Sacred knowing and indwelling love4. The porous enquirer5. The veiled path: Enquiry, agency and desire6. Human finitude and the paradox of enquiry7. Friendship and deificationConclusionBibliographyPrimary TextsSecondary TextsIndex