Becoming a new self : practices of belief in early modern Catholicism (eBook, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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Becoming a new self : practices of belief in early modern Catholicism

Author: Moshe Sluhovsky
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Early Christian monastic spiritual practices of self-formation became increasingly popular in late medieval and early modern Catholicism. Now, for the first time in the history of Christian spirituality, religious orders, first and foremost among them Franciscans and Jesuits, trained devout people, men and women, lay and religious, in practices of meditation, introspection, and subjectivization. Thousands, if not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sluhovsky, Moshe.
Becoming a new self : practices of belief in early modern Catholicism.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Moshe Sluhovsky
ISBN: 9780226473048 022647304X
OCLC Number: 1005701629
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
Directing souls --
Spiritual exercises --
General confession --
Examination of conscience --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Moshe Sluhovsky.
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Early Christian monastic spiritual practices of self-formation became increasingly popular in late medieval and early modern Catholicism. Now, for the first time in the history of Christian spirituality, religious orders, first and foremost among them Franciscans and Jesuits, trained devout people, men and women, lay and religious, in practices of meditation, introspection, and subjectivization. Thousands, if not ten of thousands of lay people now acquired techniques of self examination that enabled them to pursue life goals and transform themselves. The book examines four of the major spiritual practices of the period, traces their history, diffusion, and the challenges they presented to clerical authority. Spiritual direction and general confession, two of the practices of self-formation discussed in the book, served as safety belts to guarantee that practitioners remained subjected to the teachings of the church. But spiritual exercises, general examination of conscience, and general confession supplied practitioners with techniques of self-construction and self -affirmation. Using insights from Michel Foucault's later work on practices of truth-telling and subjectivization, the book proposes the first systematic investigation of the complexity of subjectivization in early modern Catholicism as both a mechanism of self-formation and of subjugation.

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