Tradition Concept and Claim

ISBN-10: 1587318792

ISBN-13: 9781587318795

Edition: 2010

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Description: Josef Pieper's Tradition: Concept and Claim analyzes tradition as an idea and as a living reality in the lives and languages of ordinary people. In the modern world of constant, unrelenting change, tradition, says Pieper, is that which must be preserved unchanged. Drawing on thinkers from Plato to Pascal, Pieper describes the key elements and figures in the act of tradition and what is distinctive about it.

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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Saint Augustine's Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Translator's Preface
Translator's Introduction Reflections on Tradition and the Philosophical Act in Josef Pieper
Is Tradition Anti-Historical?
Not change, but preservation
Pascal's thesis on the two genres of science: physics and theology
The difficulty of an initial orientation. The silence of the philosophical dictionaries. Ignoring ordinary linguistic usage.
The Basic Elements of the Concept “Tradition”
The partners in the act of transmitting. The tradendum. Tradition is not discussion.
Tradition and teaching. “Transmettre” and “handing down.”
On the one hand, learning; on the other, accepting what has been handed down.
Historical knowledge of the tradita may be an obstacle to tradition.
Tradition does not become obsolete with passing time or increasing knowledge.
Tradition and cultural progress. Pure preservation and memory.
Tradition and Authority
Tradition and authority.
Who are “the ancients”? The platonic answer: the first recipients of a divinely vouched for proclamation.
The “ancients” and the prophets.
Revelation and sacred tradition.
The contents of tradition. The binding authority of tradition.
Is There Only Sacred Tradition?
The binding authority of “secular” traditions.
Tradition and traditions.
Authentic consciousness of tradition makes one free and independent in the face of “conservatisms.”
The business of theology; the interpretation of sacred tradition. The believer is not interested in theology, but in the Word of God.
Where Is Sacred Tradition Historically Found?
First: the doctrinal tradition of Christianity.
Second: the myths of pre- and non-Christian peoples. Myths as echoes of the original revelation. What reason did Socrates have to believe the “ancients&r“dquo;? The fertility of God's word.
Third: unconscious existential certainties. Memoria: trans-psychological and super-individual.
Language as traditum. “Traditionalism.”
Gratitude and the consciousness of tradition.
Sacred Tradition and Philosophy: Inclusion of the Tradita
Philosophizing means neither the practice of tradition nor its interpretation.
Contemporary philosophy and the tradita of the sacred tradition.
Two ways to eliminate them: jean-Paul Sartre's anti-tradition and “scientific philosophy.” “An increasingly empty seriousness” (Karl Jaspers) and “ empty freedom” Viacheslav Ivanov).
The true unity of mankind is based on participation in the sacred tradition.
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