BOOK REVIEW: CIPHERS OF TRANSCENDENCE

Diverse perspective’s of friends

Image result for Patrick Masterson imagesThe title Ciphers of Transcendence reflects the philosophical interests of Patrick Masterson, left, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion, University College Dublin.  Transcendence is a millefeuille term conveying layered and diverse nuances, from the first openness of human awareness towards the outside world, to the ultimate affirmation of and commitment to a loving and infinite Transcendent. Patrick Masterson has devoted his philosophical career to reflection upon the unfathomable nature of the latter, seeking to decipher instances and images of transcendence within the realm of limited human experience. Through teaching and writing he has shared with students and readers his deeply personal reflections on questions of primal importance. Patrick Masterson’s colleagues and students – all devoted friends – here offer, in return, their diverse perspectives.  The essays deal in one way or another with transcendence, examined in dialogue with a roll call of thinkers across the ages, from ancient authors to medieval masters, modern giants to recent luminaries. The volume is enhanced by the inclusion of an essay by leading contemporary thinker Alasdair MacIntyre, and a poem from Seamus Heaney, below,  that evokes across the silence of solitude the tender presence of transcendence.

Irish Academic Press: Hardback • €35.00/ £30.00 • 408 pages • 234mm x156mm • 9781788551175

 


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