The Architecture of the Cosmos. St. Maximus the Confessor. New Perspectives. Luther-Agricola-Society, Helsinki 2015. isbn 978-951-9047-78-2, 35 euro 36.The growing interest in Maximus the Confessor’s teachings has led in recent years to many publications and conferences dedicated to his œuvre. It seems to be getting harder and harder to find a really innovative thesis among all the papers that have been recently published. I was impressed with this seemingly modest post-conference publication, The Architecture of the Cosmos. St. Maximus the Confessor. New Perspectives. The volume, containing fourteen papers in English, is the outcome of the conference organised in Helsinki in 2013. The title of the book that of the conference itself contains, of course, a hint at the classical study by A.H. Armstrong on the philosophy of Plotinus (The Architecture of the Intelligible Universe).The structure of the book is transparent and, after a general introduction, we find four chapters covering the introductory problems, the philosophical approach, the theological approach, and then, finally, the modern one. I was impressed with the first paper (A polycentric introduction), prepared by Antoine Lévy, one of the editors of the book, as it not only presents all the problems that are going to be
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