Andrei G. Plesu, Dr. Drs. h.c.
Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Rector
New Europe College, Bucharest
Born in 1948 in Bucharest
Studied Art History in Bucharest, former Minister of Culture (1989-1991) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-1999) of Romania
Old Testament Cosmology from an Inter-Religious PerspectiveThe reading of sacred texts seems to be, today, something reserved either for the specialists (philologists, historians, theologians), or to mere ritual piousness, with no analytical claims. What I would like to try in a book with the title "Old Testament Cosmology from an Inter-Religious Perspective" is a commentary to Genesis, aimed at a reader for whom the text is neither a réservoir of "technical problems", nor the strict survival of an outdated mythology. What does the prose of the Old Testament have to say to a contemporary intellectual who has not abandoned religious questions, but who is outside confessional blocks and rudimentary piety? My book will not be about "actualizing" the text (the effort to make science "agree" with faith being, in my view, ridiculously inadequate), but about rethinking and reliving the text, which should prevent it from reaching the - noble and void - status of a museum piece.
Plesu, Andrei. Reflexion und Leidenschaft: Elemente einer Ethik des Intervalls. Wien: Deuticke, 1992.
__. Wer in der Sonne steht, wirft Schatten. Ostfildern vor Stuttgart: Ed. Tertium, 2000.
__. Eliten - Ost und West. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000.