A Phenomenology of Samaritan Compassion: The Stoics and Their Limits

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Farley, Matthew, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Hart, Kevin, AS-Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Mathewes, Charles, Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Suarez, Michael, PV-Book Arts Press, University of Virginia
Wawrykow, Joseph, Theology, University of Notre Dame

This dissertation defends the compassionate flesh of Jesus as glimpsed in Luke's parable of the Good Samaritan from an anti-compassion tradition that ranges from the ancient Stoa to Lipsius, from Nietzsche to Paul Bloom. This dissertation also shows how the virility of Stoic discursive formations in the Hellenic world made it difficult for the first generations of Christian theologians to read the Gospel flesh of Jesus transparently. It was not until the monastery schools and abbeys of twelfth-century France that Jesus' compassion was appropriated as an ideal form of Christian humanitas.

PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, Christology, Philosophy of Emotions, Religious Emotions, Stoicism, Ancient Philosophy, Postmodern Theology, Phenomenology and Theology, Continental Philosophy
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