Zimmermann suggests that the West can rearticulate its identity and renew its cultural purpose by recovering the humanistic ethos that originally shaped western culture. He traces the religious roots of humanism, and combines humanism, religion and hermeneutic philosophy to re-imagine humanism for our cultural climate.
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Western Culture after Christendom; Introduction; The religious roots of secularity; Without roots: the malaise of Western culture; The exhaustion of secularism; The return of religion; Defining humanism; 2. The Theological Origins of Humanism; Introduction: Greek and Roman humanism; Patristic humanism; Christology and the incarnation; The imago Dei; The heart of patristic humanism: deification; The correlation of reason and faith; The fiduciary nature of reason and self-understanding The fruits of reason: education as transformative participation in the divine WordFounding a common humanity; Eucharistic humanism and human solidarity; Conclusion; Medieval humanism; Introduction; Restoring humanity through learning; Confidence in reason; Nominalism-the end of reason's marriage to faith?; Conclusion; Extending the theological origins: Renaissance humanism; Introduction: the religious character of Renaissance humanism; Prometheus (still) bound: the Christian character of Renaissance humanism; In God's image: Renaissance humanism and incarnational theology; Theological poetics Conclusion3. Humanism from Vico to Dilthey Giambattista Vico's New Science of the human spirit; Giambattista Vico's New Science of the human spirit; The New Science; Vico's model of humanistic education; Sensus communis: Vico's ideal of integrative knowledge; Humanistic education for the common good; Conclusion; From transcendence to immanence: Daniel Friedrich Schleiermacher; Introduction; Schleiermacher's participatory ontology; The birth of universal hermeneutics; Hermeneutics, education, and religion; Conclusion; Wilhelm Dilthey and the human sciences: the departure from metaphysics IntroductionPost-metaphysical participation; The task of the human sciences; The relation of religion and culture; Conclusion; 4. Martin Heidegger's Post-Metaphysical Hyper-Humanism; Introduction; Heidegger's 'humanism' and the history of Being; Against (Christian) Platonism; The new humanum: from rational animal to shepherd of Being; Heidegger's neo-humanism: interpreting the human through art and poetry; From the phenomenology of religion to the sacred; The centrality of language; Heidegger's misreading of Renaissance humanism; Conclusion; 5. Levinas's Humanism of the Other; Introduction Levinas's ethical transcendenceThe ethical foundation of language and interpretation; Levinas and the problem of art; Conclusion; 6. Hans-Georg Gadamer's Hermeneutic Humanism; Introduction; Recovering participatory ontology; Historicity and the miracle of understanding; The task of the human sciences: fusion of horizons; Linguisticality or the mid-world of language; The logos is common to all: recovering universal reason as participation; Recovering the beautiful; Education as cultivation of the mind (Bildung); Conclusion; Humanism beyond Gadamer: man made God 7. Christian Responses: Maurice Blondel and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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