Master Class on Pseudo Dionysius

Jan 22, 2016
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Bernard McGinnUniversity of Chicago



Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)


REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY FULL. If you are interested in attending, contact us and we will inform you if space becomes available.

Cosponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop

Participants will be provided with a complimentary copy ofPseudo Dionysius: The Complete Works (Paulist Press).

This master class is open to graduate and undergraduate students, including non-University of Chicago students. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

This one-time Seminar will discuss the writings of the mysterious Eastern monk (ca. 500 C.E.) who hid his identity under the name of the Athenian Dionysius of the Areopagus mentioned in Acts 17:32. These texts, thought to be quasi-apostolic for centuries, were among the most influential in the history of Christian theology and mysticism. The translation used will be that of Colm Luibheid, Pseudo-Dionysius. The Complete Works (New York: Paulist Press, 1987. The Classics of Western Spirituality). We will discuss specific sections of these writings, but participants are encouraged to read as much of the whole as they are able (240 pp. in this translation).

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about the history of apocalyptic thought, spirituality, and mysticism. McGinn's many books include Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with EvilThe Presence of Goda multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism, and most recently Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae: A Biography.