The Rhetorical Roots of Radical Orthodoxy: Augustinian Oratory and Ontology in Milbank's Theopo(e/li)tics

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/306306
Title:
The Rhetorical Roots of Radical Orthodoxy: Augustinian Oratory and Ontology in Milbank's Theopo(e/li)tics
Authors:
Van't Land, Andrew R.
Abstract:
This thesis engages the controversial work of political theologian John Milbank in light of the conceptual tools developed by the classical rhetorical tradition (particularly Augustine, Cicero, and Aristotle). I respond to three key criticisms of Milbank's anti-foundationalist metaphysics by re-describing his project as philosophical rhetoric. Firstly, while Milbank's polemical stance is often criticized as being primarily negative, I argue instead that it serve his larger goal of positively identifying with two traditions: orthodox Christianity and Continental post-structuralism. Secondly, while Milbank's metaphysics is critiqued as undermining his metarhetorical anti-foundationalism, I argue that both discursive modes (and their epistemological, political, and aesthetic implications) account for one another in his work. Thirdly, while the aggressive style of Milbank's scholarship is often criticized as contradicting the content of his ontology of peace, I propose instead that Milbank attempts to use the power of discourse to promote the peaceful Christian mythos.
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
21-Aug-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/306306
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Milbank, John; Radical orthodoxy; Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo; Philosophical theology; Political theology; Neoplatonism; Ontology
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This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts (Philosophy)
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Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan't Land, Andrew R.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-04T20:36:40Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-04T20:36:40Z-
dc.date.issued2013-08-21-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/306306-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis engages the controversial work of political theologian John Milbank in light of the conceptual tools developed by the classical rhetorical tradition (particularly Augustine, Cicero, and Aristotle). I respond to three key criticisms of Milbank's anti-foundationalist metaphysics by re-describing his project as philosophical rhetoric. Firstly, while Milbank's polemical stance is often criticized as being primarily negative, I argue instead that it serve his larger goal of positively identifying with two traditions: orthodox Christianity and Continental post-structuralism. Secondly, while Milbank's metaphysics is critiqued as undermining his metarhetorical anti-foundationalism, I argue that both discursive modes (and their epistemological, political, and aesthetic implications) account for one another in his work. Thirdly, while the aggressive style of Milbank's scholarship is often criticized as contradicting the content of his ontology of peace, I propose instead that Milbank attempts to use the power of discourse to promote the peaceful Christian mythos.en_GB
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dc.subjectMilbank, Johnen_GB
dc.subjectRadical orthodoxyen_GB
dc.subjectAugustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippoen_GB
dc.subjectPhilosophical theologyen_GB
dc.subjectPolitical theologyen_GB
dc.subjectNeoplatonismen_GB
dc.subjectOntologyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshMilbank, Johnen_GB
dc.subject.lcshAugustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippoen_GB
dc.subject.lcshPolitical theologyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshPhilosophical theologyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshNeoplatonismen_GB
dc.subject.lcshOntologyen_GB
dc.titleThe Rhetorical Roots of Radical Orthodoxy: Augustinian Oratory and Ontology in Milbank's Theopo(e/li)ticsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts (Philosophy)en_GB
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_GB
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