Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence

Author: Meins G. S. Coetsier

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826266282

Category: History

Page: 228

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Although she died cruelly at Auschwitz at the age of twenty-nine, Etty Hillesum left a lasting legacy of mystical thought in her letters and diaries. Hillesum was a complex and powerful witness to the openness of the human spirit to the call of God, even under the most harrowing circumstances. Her life was as much shaped by Hitler's regime as was that of philosopher Eric Voegelin, and as Meins Coetsier reveals, her thought lends itself to interpretation from a uniquely Voegelinian perspective. Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence analyzes the life and writings of Hillesum from the standpoint of Voegelin's views on consciousness-especially his philosophy of luminous participation in the transcendent ground of being. Through a careful reading of her letters and diaries, Coetsier reveals the inner development of Hillesum's mystically grounded resistance to Nazism as he guides readers through the symbolism of her spiritual journey, making effective use of Voegelin's analytics of experience and symbolization to trace her path to spiritual truth. Intertwining the lives, works, and visions of these two mystical thinkers, Coetsier demonstrates his mastery of both Voegelin's philosophy and Hillesum's Dutch-language materials. He shows how mystical attunement to the "flow of presence"-Voegelin's designation for human responsiveness to the divine-is the key to the development of Hillesum's life and writings. He displays a special affinity for the suffering and grace-filled transformation that she underwent as she approached the end of her life and gained insight into the ultimate purpose of each individual's contribution to the well-being and maintenance of the human spirit. Retrieving one of the lesser-known but most compelling figures of the Holocaust, Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence is an original contribution to both Voegelin and Hillesum scholarship that reflects these writers' strong valuation of the human person. It presents Hillesum's life and work in an original and provocative context, shedding new light on her experiences and their symbolizations while further broadening the application of Voegelin's thought

The Ethics and Religious Philosophy of Etty Hillesum

Author: Klaas A.D. Smelik,Meins G.S. Coetsier,Jurjen Wiersma

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900434134X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 404

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The Ethics and Religious Philosophy of Etty Hillesum offers a comprehensive account of international scholarship on the life, works and vision of the Dutch Jewish writer Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), and her struggle to come to terms with her personal life in the context of the Holocaust.

The Existential Philosophy of Etty Hillesum

Author: Meins G. S. Coetsier

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004266100

Category: Religion

Page: 676

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In The Existential Philosophy of Etty Hillesum Meins G.S. Coetsier offers an account of Etty Hillesum's spiritual and cultural life in light of the writings of Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Spirituality in the Writings of Etty Hillesum

Author: Klaas Smelik,Ria van den Brandt,Meins G. S. Coetsier

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004188592

Category: Religion

Page: 516

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Drawing on Etty Hillesum’s writings, this book offers a comprehensive account of international scholarship on the life, works and vision of the Dutch Jewish writer Etty Hillesum, whose life was shaped by the totalitarian Nazi-regime, and who lived a courageous spirituality in the darkest period of the twentieth century.

Etty Hillesum

Author: Etty Hillesum

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805050875

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

View: 965


Diaries describe the Nazi occupation

Etty

Author: Etty Hillesum

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802839596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 800

View: 1406


In the midst of the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, Etty's writings reveal a young Jewish woman who celebrated life and remained an undaunted example of courage, sympathy, and compassion. Through this splendid translation by Arnold J. Pomerans, commissioned by the Etty Hillesum Foundation, readers everywhere will resonate with the spirit of this amazing young woman.

Trauma and Beyond

Author: Ursula Wirtz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000208192

Category: Psychology

Page: 370

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In this seminal work on the clinical, archetypal and spiritual dimension of trauma, the author offers a compelling vision of the transformative potential of suffering and the dialectic of Dying and Becoming. Wirtz outlines a healing path from fragmentation to integration and illuminates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of severe trauma. Trauma and Beyond will be essential reading and a valuable resource for counsellors, therapists and Jungian analysts who are challenged in their practice with individual and collective traumata.

Circles of Thorns

Author: Justin Lewis-Anthony

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0826433502

Category: Art

Page: 200

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Unlike Bosch's better-known, fantastical, 'proto-surrealist' paintings, Christ Mocked is small, still and sombre, and yet, with a little effort of knowledge and interpretation, it reveals a depth of understanding of both the Passion, and of human nature, that speaks as much to the twenty-first century as it did to the sixteenth. By exploring the political, scientific, psychological and devotional world of early modern Europe, and applying those insights to our own time, the author shows how Bosch used his sophisticated artistic skills to convey a similarly sophisticated understanding of humanity. In Christ Mocked -- a painting "500 years old but passionately modern" -- Christ's Passion is so portrayed as to make us reassess the cosmic significance of Christ's death, and its profound implications for what we think it means to be human.

Hans Jonas

Author: David J. Levy

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826263372

Category: Philosophy

Page: 152

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Hans Jonas: The Integrity of Thinking provides the first overall account of the work of Hans Jonas. While Jonas is not the best-known thinker of the twentieth century, David J. Levy shows that he is one of the most important. Levy covers the philosopher's life and his contributions to the history of religion, philosophical biology, philosophical anthropology, ethics, and theology. Jonas's work is situated in relationship to that of his first intellectual mentor, Martin Heidegger, as well as that of such related thinkers among his contemporaries as Eric Voegelin. Setting Jonas's work in the historical and philosophical context of his life and times, Levy summarizes Jonas's original achievements in fields as apparently diverse as the history of ancient Gnosticism, the philosophical significance of biology, the problems of ethics in a technological age, and the mysteries of theology, while demonstrating the notable unity of theme and purpose that guided his various fields of inquiry.

A God of One's Own

Author: Ulrich Beck

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745646182

Category: Religion

Page: 231

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Religion posits one characteristic as an absolute: faith. Compared to faith, all other social distinctions and sources of conflict are insignificant. The New Testament says: We are all equal in the sight of God′. To be sure, this equality applies only to those who acknowledge God′s existence. What this means is that alongside the abolition of class and nation within the community of believers, religion introduces a new fundamental distinction into the world the distinction between the right kind of believers and the wrong kind. Thus overtly or tacitly, religion brings with it the demonization of believers in other faiths. The central question that will decide the continued existence of humanity is this: How can we conceive of a type of inter–religious tolerance in which loving one′s neighbor does not imply war to the death, a type of tolerance whose goal is not truth but peace? Is what we are experiencing at present a regression of monotheistic religion to a polytheism of the religious spirit under the heading of a God of one′s own′? In Western societies, where the autonomy of the individual has been internalized, individual human beings tend to feel increasingly at liberty to tell themselves little faith stories that fit their own lives to appoint Gods of their own′. However, this God of their own is no longer the one and only God who presides over salvation by seizing control of history and empowering his followers to be intolerant and use naked force.