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Philosophy and the Role of Experience in Hesychast Practice

Philosophy and the Role of Experience in Hesychast Practice

Dan Chițoiu, “Philosophy and the Role of Experience in Hesychast Practice,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 73, no. 2 (2017): 805–16, DOI 10.17990/rpf/2017_73_2_0805

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  • Philosophy and the Role of Experience in Hesychast Practice

    Type Journal Article
    Author Dan Chițoiu
    Rights © 2017 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2017 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 73
    Issue 2
    Pages 805-816
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283; 2183-461X
    Date 2017
    DOI 10.17990/rpf/2017_73_2_0805
    Language English
    Abstract In the hesychast controversy was disputed the hypothesis that the access to the ultimate reality would be only an act mediated by the hierarchy of the beings. That is why there appears the syntagm ‘uncreated energies’ (but the possibility of a total access to essence, to the absolute on the rational way is rejected). Gregory Palamas sustained that experimentality is decisive, the truth criterion being provided by the ‘appeal to experience’. The hesychasm differs from other Cristian spiritual practices by the fact that it emphasizes the experience in the shape of the experiment: it`s supposed the existence of a method, of a verifiability criterion, and validation: henceforth the interest for the Personal Ultimate Reality or, in the hesychast language, for the uncreated energies. The hesychast meaning for philosophizing implies the making of a constant ‘appeal to experience’ and not producing theoretical speculations on God. This because of the decisive role gave to senses by the hesychast anthropology.
    Date Added 21/06/2017, 11:00:16
    Modified 14/07/2017, 09:59:55


    • experience
    • hesychast practice
    • knowledge of God
    • philosophizing


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