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The Craft of Thought: Meditation, Rhetoric, and the Making of Images, 400-1200. Mary Carruthers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
 
The craft of monasticism is to make prayer continuously based on the reading and recollection of sacred texts. This practice of mneme theou, “the meaning of God,” requires a memory that includes cognition, emotion, and imagination in the activity of recollection. In…

The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures. Mary Carruthers and Jan M. Ziolkowski, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002).
 
This anthology examines the medieval craft of memory: how we recollect or “see again” our past experiences in a process that includes thought and will. Memory consequently is both passive and active, the storage of our past…

Anamnesis is a remembering or recollection of the orienting truths of existence that ought never to be forgotten. Mircea Eliade, in his Myth and Reality, wrote that anamnesis is the recovery of “truths, that is, structures of the real.”[1] The recovery, remembrance, or rediscovery of those structures are evocative experiences of being as it confronts, awakes and re-awakens consciousness to…

For Christians, rituals of sacrament are visible and affective signs of the presence of God.   Augustine defines a sacrament as an outward sign of an inward grace. Sacraments are understood as a form of mediation, a way by which the divine is made present in and for individuals. For most Christian sects, Communion or the Rite of the Last Supper…

The Second Epilogue
Although nearly all have admired Tolstoy’s War and Peace since its publication, critics have been divided over whether the novel has an organizational principle. Some have found it troublesome for its lack of structure, and especially point to the Second Preface which outlines a philosophy of history that distracts from the novel’s artistic achievements.[1] Other critics have claimed…
Dostoevsky

Early reception of The Brothers Karamazov ranged from praise to condemnation, with most of the criticism and debate focused on Book V’s The Tale of the Grand Inquisitor.  Both liberal atheists and conservative believers upbraided Dostoevsky for his alleged identification with the Inquisitor’s position against God; while a minority of critics, such as Vladimir Soloviev, applauded Dostoevsky’s exploration and defense…

The importance of place is often neglected by liberal theorists, with the assumption that liberal ideas are understood and articulated in the same manner from one society to another.[i] But as much as ideas shape a society’s culture and politics so do culture and politics shape ideas. In this article, I want to explore these relationships of politics, culture, and…

A few weeks ago, we touched on The Art of Memory, by Frances Yates, well known scholar of the Renaissance.
When that book came out in 1966, it caused some stir. Her subject, the history and kinds of mnemonics, was novel to the public; moreover she argued that the traditional use of these techniques fed, eventually, into the world of Renaissance…

Many will recall the famous passage from In the Search of Order, where Voegelin analyses Hesiod's invocation of the Muses and how the Muses "remember" the gods of their divinity.
Memory is an elusive and fascinating topic. How often we wish we had a “better memory “may be witnessed by the number of books,  on public library shelves,  that offer patent mnemonic…