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Lineaments of Trinitarian Ontology – I and II

Fil 114 e Fil 115  Lineaments of Trinitarian Ontology – I and II

Total class hours: 21+21

Credits (ECTS): 3+3

LM-OTSpecializations in Philosophy and in Theology

Year: 2nd

Terms: 2nd–3rd

Course held in Italian

The aim of the course is to present and critically deepen the concept and method of a “Trinitarian Ontology” in its epistemic objectivity and its theoretical and performative relevance in dialogue between the theological intelligence of Revelation and the philosophy of being, in the background of the great wisdom traditions and in relation to the modern affirmation of scientific rationality. To this end, the genesis and the progressive and multiform historical production of a Trinitarian Ontology are investigated with attention to the discernment of its actuality and incisiveness with regard to the convergent institution, at an inter- and trans-disciplinary level, of a coherent, inclusive and flexible interpretative paradigm capable of acting effectively, at the level of thought and practice, on the epochal change of our time.

The course is therefore structured in two parts:

  1. The first part introduces the concept and method of a Trinitarian Ontology, taking as a reference text the programmatic Manifesto: for a re-form of thinking (Dynamic Dictionary of Trinitarian Ontology, 1), and illustrating the declinations proposed therein: challenge, kairós, “inventio“, path, subject – what – where, “meth-odos“.
  2. The second part presents two strategic figures in the “inventio” and development of a Trinitarian Ontology: Augustine of Hippo and Klaus Hemmerle. In particular, following an introduction to the phenomenology of the impact of the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ upon the existence and intelligence of being as narrated in the dialogues of Cassiciacum and in the Confessions of Augustine, selected passages will be examined and discussed from his De Trinitate. Likewise, after a biographical-existential introduction aimed at illuminating the phenomenology of the experience and intelligence of the faith, the contribution of Hemmerle will studied based on his Thesen zu einer trinitarischen Ontologie (1976).

Bibliographical references:

For Part I:

  • CODA P. con M.B. CURI, M. DONÀ, G. MASPERO, Manifesto. Per una ri-forma del pensare (Dynamic Dictionary of Trinitarian Ontology, 1) Città Nuova, Roma 2021.
  • ID., Para una ontología trinitaria. Si la forma es relacíon, Edited by Raul Buffo, with selected Glosses edited by Maria Benedetta Curi, Agape Libros, Buenos Aires 2018, pp. 15-38.
  • ID., Se l’uno è anche il suo altro, in P. CODA – M. DONÀ, Pensare la Trinità. Filosofia europea e orizzonte trinitario, Città Nuova, Roma 2013, pp. 9-96.
  • ID., L’unità e la trinità di Dio nel ritmo di un’ontologia trinitaria, in ID., Dalla Trinità. L’avvento di Dio tra storia e profezia, Città Nuova, Roma 2012, pp. 553-583.
  • ID. – A. TAPKEN (edd.), La Trinità e il pensare. Figure percorsi prospettive, Città Nuova, Roma 1997.
  • ID. – L. ŽAK, Abitando la Trinità. Per un rinnovamento dell’ontologia, Città Nuova, Roma 1998.
  • ID., L’ontologia trinitaria: che cos’è?, in «Sophia», IV (2012/2), pp. 159-179.
  • CURI M.B., Sulla storia dell’ontologia: introduzioni e origini, in «Sophia» IX (2017/1), pp. 34-46.
  • PILI E., L’ontologia trinitaria cosa “non” è?, in «Sophia» IX (2017/1), pp. 47-56.

For Part II:

a) About Augustine and his inventio of Trinitarian ontology:

  • AUGUSTINE, Confessiones, in particular Books VII, VIII, IX
  • ID., De Trinitate, in particular Books I, V, VIII, XV
  • CODA P., Sul luogo della Trinità. Rileggendo il De Trinitate di Agostino, Città Nuova, Roma 2008
  • ID., Fraterna dilectio non solum ex Deo sed etiam Deus est”. L’ontologia trinitaria nel libro VIII del De Trinitate di Agostino, in Trinità in relazione. Percorsi di ontologia trinitaria, dai Padri della Chiesa all’Idealismo tedesco, Edited by C. Moreschini, Edizioni Feeria, Panzano in Chianti 2015, pp. 105-142

b) About Klaus Hemmerle and his proposal for a Trinitarian ontology:

  • HEMMERLE K., Thesen zu einer trinitarischen Ontologie, Johannes Verlag, Einsiedeln 1976; Italian translation by V. De Marco, Tesi di ontologia trinitaria. Per un rinnovamento del pensiero cristiano, Città Nuova, Roma 1996
  • ID., Leben aus der Einheit, Eine theologische Herausforderung, Herder, Freiburg i. Br. 1995; Italian translation by V. De Marco, Partire dall’unità. La Trinità come stile di vita e forma del pensiero, Città Nuova, Roma 1998
  • ID., L’ontologia del “Paradiso ’49”, in «Sophia», VI (2014/2), 127-137
  • ID., Il pensiero ri-conoscente. Scritti sulla relazione tra filosofia e teologia, Edited by V. Gaudiano, Città Nuova, Roma 2018
  • CURI M.B., Pensare dall’unità. Franz Rosenzweig e Klaus Hemmerle, Città Nuova, Roma 2017

Special attention is dedicated to the Commentaries (“glossa”), available in “pro manuscripto” form, which are the result of the dialogue in class about the Manifesto.

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