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„Transcendentul care coboară”
“The descending transcendent”

An attempt to decipher a metaphor in the history of metaphysics

Author(s): Alexandru Boboc
Contributor(s): Mihai Popa (Editor)
Subject(s): History of Philosophy
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: transcendence; stylistic matrix; Byzantine architecture; metaphysics; Logos.

Summary/Abstract: After conceptually integrating the theme of the article, from a theoretical and historical perspective, the author makes a significantly deep foray into Lucian Blaga’s stylistic metaphor as well as metaphysical concept of the “descending transcendence” or “sophianic transcendence”. It appears in The Trilogy of Culture, more precisely in The Mioritic Space and refers to the “psychology of the unconscious”, in which the stylistic phenomenon has its own categories, created as “abyssal noology”. The metaphysical significance of the descending transcendent corresponds to a meaning, stylistically and culturally interpreted – that of the Divine Logos –, specific to Byzantine architecture, with direct reference to Hagia Sophia, the cosmopolitan cathedral. Here, the Logos materializes as light descending in the concrete world, “an unearthly light, which appears invading the sanctuary coming from top to bottom, a light of a more pronounced materiality than the ubiquitous day light”, in Blaga’s own words. The sophianic concept integrates stylistic determinants of Byzantine basilical architecture, as opposite to the Gothic one, for example, to which an ascending meaning of Logos will correspond. It will become a key concept of the Orthodoxy, a profound characterization of Christian spirituality, integrated in a stylistic analysis.

  • Issue Year: XII/2016
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 19-28
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian