The Anthropology of St Gregory Palamas: the Image of God, the Spiritual Senses, and the Human Body

02/07/2019

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The Anthropology of St Gregory Palamas: the Image of God, the Spiritual Senses, and the Human Body

A. Chouliaras

prof.dr. J. Behr, copromotoren prof.dr. A. Louth, dr. H.P.S. Bakker

Faculty of Religion and Theology

Theology

PhD conferral

The current thesis studies the anthropology of St Gregory Palamas, and tries to prove two main points: a) man is, according to Palamas, greater than the angels, as far as the image of God is concerned. Moreover, this is due to human corporeality, to the human body; b) man has the potentiality to ‘sense’ God; in this experience the human body has a very important place. This refers to the spiritual senses, wherein the basic notion is the ‘intellectual perception’ (νοερὰ αἴσθησις). In trying to prove the aforementioned two points, this thesis also examines some other related topics of Palamite anthropology in its various chapters. In each chapter—and part—there is a brief introduction to set up the questions that are addressed. After the relevant analysis, the main findings are summarized in the conclusions—at the end of each chapter, and part respectively.

More information about the thesis in DARE