This is the most recent mystical theology scholarship - a discipline that has found new energy and influence. This is examined through the lens of Wittgenstein's philosophy. The 'return of religion' since the beginning of the century has created a renewed interest in spirituality and mysticism. This book is intended as a guide to the most recent scholarship regarding mystical theology. The author takes as his starting point the philosophical writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Using these writings he crafts a tool to interpret the Western mystical tradition beginning with the works of Dionysius the Areopagite in the High Middle Ages and moving through such figures as Osuna, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Jean Gerson. His central argument is that what he terms the theologia mystica is an ancient method for effecting transformation of the heart in the individual and as such is ripe for return as an object of serious academic study.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
Tyler offers a penetrating reading of Wittgenstein. And if that is not enough, he harnesses this to examine both the development of the theologia mystica from Dionysius to the medieval period and specifically the writings of the great Spanish mystic Teresa of Avila. Even more importantly he returns to re-read Wittgenstein. Tyler's elegant and provocative book is a genuine contribution to philosophy, theology and the study of mysticism.--Professor Gavin D Costa
Mentioned in Fairacres Chronicle Vol. 44 No.1
Situating his inquiry amidst the debate over mystical language and the 'core experience', Tyler deftly exposes and explores the mystical, transformational element in Wittgenstein's thought and life. In turn, Wittgenstein provides Tyler a clear lens through which he reexamines the mystical theology of seminal figures from Dionysius the Areopagite to Teresa of Avila. An immensely important contribution to the comparative study of mysticism, The Return of the Mystical also significantly advances our understanding of Wittgenstein.--Sanford Lakoff