Europe, Byzantium, and the "Intellectual Silence" of Rus' Culture
Europe, Byzantium, and the "Intellectual Silence" of Rus' Culture
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Introduction Aesthetic Judgement Neoplatonism: East and West Why Was There an Abelard? The Eastern Church's Philosophical Outlook Conclusion

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“[...] the book includes substantial details on Western and Byzantine theology. It is comprehensive yet concise, and the number of primary and secondary sources Ostrowski processed is remarkable.”
- Wolfram von Scheliha, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 2020

Donald Ostrowski

Europe, Byzantium, and the "Intellectual Silence" of Rus' Culture

This book sets out to answer the question of why Eastern Church writers showed no interest in analytical reasoning - the so-called "intellectual silence" of Rus' culture - while Western Church writers, by the time of the Scholastics, routinely incorporated analytical reasoning into their defences of the faith. Donald Ostrowski suggests that Western, post-Enlightenment- trained, analytical scholars miss the point, not because of an inability to comprehend cultural ideas which seem abstract and ineffable, but because the agenda is different. For the Eastern Church, faith was superior to reason. Eastern Church thinkers did not see any worth in disputation. If God is a mystery, and this world is an emanation from God, then this world is a mystery too. In the Eastern Church, they did not ask "Why" because, for them, any answer, any explanation, was merely a begging of the question. Why divide into categories what is whole and seamless? Why try to articulate what is ineffable?
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Donald Ostrowski

Donald Ostrowski is Research Advisor in the Social Sciences, Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) Program, and Lecturer in History at Harvard University.