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Issue 17 – Grace

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CHARME AND CHANCE

EDITORIAL

Grace implies everything and beyond. It is what surprises us, yet it is not the uncanny. It happens in its own time – the favorable time – and manifests itself suddenly. It astonishes, yet it does not frighten us because the consequences of its happening are always an addition of good, an increase in what is positive; feelings of pleasure and joy correspond to this. When it occurs, grace does not take anything away; grace adds, donates, gives. Read more »

 
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Charis, Kairós: Successful Grace

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The essay points to some key stages in the history of the idea of grace (charis): Greek myths and poetry, Plotinus, the Christian tradition (the Biblical and theological legacy), eighteenth-century aesthetics, Schiller’s modernity, and the emergence of charme in twentieth-century thought. Read more »

 
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Filling the Void or Filling the Full? On the Concept of Grace

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Grace is not sacrifice: it is the opposite of sacrifice in the field of religious language and experience. Nowhere as in the idea of the Holy Trinity does the overcoming of the principle of narrow or strict distribution of space and resources in general come to light. If the Father were to reduce himself in favor of the Son, we would have not grace, but sacrifice. Read more »

 
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An Interval of Grace: The Time of Ethics

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In the preliminary introduction, we point to Schopenhauer’s ethics and philosophy of religion and to his peculiar understanding of the notion of freedom as grace. On the basis of this constellation, we then start with three Meadian analyses. We first introduce the topics of space and touch in the discussion of Mead’s philosophy of intersubjectivity and the related problem of an ethical temporality. Read more »

 
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Beyond the Gift

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To be truly a gift, that is, gratuitous, the gift should be situated outside the logic of exchange and power relations within which givers and receivers are positioned. Self-abnegation, forgiveness, and the will to donate fall instead within the framework of goals and intentions; they thus reveal that authentic gratuitousness is impossible because it would imply perfect sharing between givers and receivers. Read more »

 
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The Artifice of Grace. The Broken Dream of Modernity

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The essay explores grace starting with modernity, particularly through a confrontation with Schiller and Kleist. Some features of grace emerge: it is an artifact yet it is essential to nature, to which it belongs; it mixes with nature, yet it is effective in the order of the human and freedom without thereby being chosen; nor can it be repeated as natural immediacy. One arrives at the extreme feature of grace as pure artificiality, which is not convincing either. Read more »

 
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Touching Grace

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The multiple meanings of “grace” have always implied a relation between two subjects—a relation that is reciprocal, positive, and concerning the whole of our being. Such a relation has to do with (physical and transcendental) “touching.” Cultures have become unaware of this. The essay investigates “grace” in its relation to a form of touching that operates in a corporeal, sensible, and natural way. Read more »

 
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In Place of Sacrifice: The Scandal of Grace

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This essay intends to develop the essential relation between grace and mercy in opposition to sacrificial logics. Whereas philosophy acknowledges its specific vocation to critical inquiry in particular regarding the meaning of the human experience of the gift as a form of relationship, mercy has instead been overshadowed not only in Western thought, but also in the traditional hermeneutics of the evangelic texts. Read more »

 
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Mate, or the Everydayness of Charis and Kairós in deep America

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“Mate,” a Guarani beverage very popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and southern Brazil, is much more than a simple infusion: it makes social bonds stronger, it becomes a symbol of  community identity, and it works as a metaphor for divine love, or what we can call “grace.” This is because of its resistance, its capacity to build bridges; it feeds, it is lived with intimacy—people share the pipe that is used to drink it—and it also makes fraternity possible. Read more »

 
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Perceived Grace

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What it is to be graceful? Every day we use adjectives like graceful and ungraceful. When we speak of “Grace” though, we often refer to it from the point of view of the divine, where Grace is one, elusive, and unapproachable. What if we made a Copernican turnaround and thought of grace from out of the multiplicity and subjectivity of the human experience? Read more »

 
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Charis of Kairós and Kairós of Charis: A Homeric Specificity

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This essay intends to offer an approach to charis and kairos viewed not as separate but as intertwined. This happy interlacement is a specificity of the Homeric tradition, specifically found in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. A poet like Hesiod will have the greatest difficulty in conceiving the proximity of kairos and charis without a negative side (Pandora, a trap for men).

 
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In the Beginning Was Aglaia: Story of the Divorce Between Charis and Feminine Divinity in (late) Ancient Philosophy

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This study intends to present the traces of the doctrinal development of the figure of Charis within the Platonic tradition and the story of the conceptual divorce between Charis and feminine divinity within Christian theology. This is the story of the absorptions and recompositions of the rays of Beauty through many prisms. In concluding, the essay indicates some obstacles that prevented the history of Christian thought from formulating a complete theory of Beauty and argues that the elimination of such obstacles would bring additional doctrinal development.

 
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Grace, Responsibility, and Theurgy in Some Kabbalistic Texts

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The Talmudic and Kabbalistic dictates and precepts, accurately handed down in order to create a living connection between Divine and Human, are explored in the essay through the categories of theurgy (“esoteric rituality”), responsibility, and the mystic meaning of “Grace” (Chesed). By accepting even partially what has been passed down of the religious and cultural Hebrew world, the author follows Gershom Scholem’s invitation intentionally to risk ahistorical approaches and parallelisms and glances through the meanders of “esoteric rituality” from the Talmud to the medieval and modern Kabbalah. Read more »

 
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Nature, Art, and Beauty: The Theme of Grace in Schelling’s Akademie-Rede

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Focusing on Schelling’s 1807 lecture Über das Verhältnis der bildenden Künste zu der Natur (the so-called Akademie-Rede, given by the German philosopher at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts), this essay explores Schelling’s conception of “grace” in the context of the wider relationship between art, nature, and beauty. Not only is grace a “feature” of some particular forms of art, as previously stated in the Philosophie der Kunst (1803), but it is also the most perfect achievement of the process of artistic creation. Read more »

 
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The Chlorophyllic Image of Grace in Simone Weil

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“The Greeks were haunted by the idea of grace.” Simone Weil analyses this idea on the basis of the Greek word charis understood in the sense of gratuitous gift (with no reference to the sense proposed by the Hebrew language). Her taste for science and her inclination to link sensible realities and spiritual events through analogies bring her to compare the work of grace to the phenomenon of chlorophyll assimilation (or photosynthesis).  Read more »

 
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Understanding Simone Weil’s “Science of the Supernatural” within the Context of Rationalism

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In her oeuvre,  Simone Weil focused on that “other reality,” as she termed it, situated outside space and time, otherwise called the supernatural. Though it is inaccessible to human faculties, it is, paradoxically, essential to an accurate anthropology, central to the just constitution of a state, and, indeed, key to the accurate perception of reality. But how can the twain meet? And how can its existence be proven philosophically and scientifically, when it is not empirically verifiable and appears to be experienced only by a select few?  Read more »

 
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The “Grace” of the Real: Some Considerations in the Wake of Jankélévitch

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Following up on Vladimir Jankélévitch, this essay considers the category of “grace” (charis) in its rich polysemy and inseparable connection with the notion of “occasion” (kairós). Jankélévitch’s philosophy is focused precisely on the notion of “charme,” which is one of the most emblematic cognates of the ancient term charis. In Jankélévitch, “grace” becomes the “motivation” of the real, understood (according to a register that echoes Bergson’s teachings) as movement, producer of forms, without substance. Read more »

 
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