Friendship as Sacred Knowing : Overcoming Isolation, Hardback Book

Friendship as Sacred Knowing : Overcoming Isolation Hardback


We are haunted, Samuel Kimbriel suggests, by a habit of isolation buried, often imperceptibly, within our practices of understanding and relating to the world.

In this volume he works through the complexities of this disposition to contest its place within contemporary philosophical thought and practice.

He focuses on the human activity of friendship. Chapters one and two examine friendship to unearth the contours of this habit towards isolation and to reveal certainills that have long attended it.

Chapters three through seven place these isolated ways of relating to the world into critical dialogue with the tradition of late-antique and early-medieval Johannine Christianity, in which intimacy and understanding go hand in hand.

This tradition drew the humanactivities of friendship and enquiry into such unity that understanding itself became a kind of communion.

Kimbriel endorses a return to an antique and particularly Christian philosophical habit-"the befriending of wisdom."


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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  • Category: Philosophy of religion
  • ISBN: 9780199363988

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