Truth Is Not Known Unless It Is Loved

How Pavel Florensky restored what Ockham stole
by Fr Patrick Henry Reardon

The act of knowing is not only a gnoseological but also an ontological act, not only ideal but also real. Knowing is a real going of the knower out of himself, or (what is the same thing) a real going of what is known into the knower, a real unification of the knower and what is known. That is the fundamental and characteristic proposition of Russian and, in general, of all Eastern philosophy.

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints’ Orthodox Church in Chicago, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.