Gnostic Return in Modernity

Gnostic Return in Modernity

by Cyril O'Regan

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Overview

Looks at the influence of Gnosticism in modern intellectual history, philosophy, and theology.

Gnostic Return in Modernity demonstrates the possibility that Gnosticism haunts certain modern discourses. Studying Gnosticism of the first centuries of the common era and utilizing narrative analysis, the author shows how Gnosticism returns in a select band of narrative discourses that extends from the seventeenth century German mystic Jacob Boehme through Hegel and Blake down into the contemporary period. The key concept is that of narrative grammar. Unlike the hypothesis of an invariant narrative, a Gnostic narrative grammar allows room for the differences between modern and ancient forms of Gnosticism, and respects the dignity of both periods.

Cyril O’Regan is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Heterodox Hegel, also published by SUNY Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791490372
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/19/2001
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 322
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Cyril O’Regan is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Heterodox Hegel, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. Baurian Model of Gnostic Return and Its Challenges

Chapter 1. Redeeming and Reconstructing Baur's Model of Gnostic Return
Summary

Chapter 2. Baurian Gnostic Genealogical Model and Its Contestation
2.1. Historicist Challenge: Hans Blumenberg and Epochal Shift
2.2. Agon between Gnostic Baurian and Non-Gnostic Genealogies
Summary

Part II. Toward Valentinian Narrative Grammar

Chapter 3. Classical Valentinian Narratives: Variety and Unity
3.1. Ptolemy's Valentinian Gnostic System
3.2. The Gospel of Truth3.3 The Tripartite Tractate
Summary

Chapter 4. Valentinian Narrative Grammar: Irenaean Gestures and the Phenomenon of Valentinian Enlisting
4.1. The Contributions of Irenaeus: Developing the Grammatical Hints
4.2. Valentinianism's Relation to Other Narrative Discourses

Chapter 5. Genealogical Capability of Valentinian Narrative Grammar
5.1. Justifying the Protestant Identification of the Baurian Line
5.2. Baurian Line and Rule-Governed Deformation of Classical Valentinian Genres
5.3. Valentinian Enlisting of Non-Valentinian Narrative Discourses
Summary

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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