Raimon Panikkar: A Companion to his Life and Thought

By Peter C. Phan and Young-chan Ro (editors)

A collection of essays introducing the reader to the work of the celebrated Spanish theologian Raimon Panikkar and his vision of cosmic harmony.

ISBN: 9780227176337


Raimon Panikkar: A Companion to his Life and Thought is a guide to the life, work and thought of Raimon Panikkar, a self-professed Buddhist-Christian-Hindu philosopher and theologian. A man of deep and wide learning and an extremely prolific author, Panikkar is equally at home in various religious and cultural traditions and embodies in himself the ideals of intercultural, intrareligious, and interreligious dialogues.

This book explicates Panikkar’s basic vision of life as the harmonious rhythm of divinity, humanity, and the cosmos, which he terms “cosmotheandrism”, and shows how it permeates and illumines his articulations of the central Christian doctrines. Given the complexity and difficulty of Panikkar’s thought this book is a welcome companion for a course on Panikkar and for a general reader who wishes to understand one of the most profound and orginal thinkers of our time.

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Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 320

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About the Author

Peter C. Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. He is the author/editor of more than 30 books and 300 essays on theology and philosophy. He is currently researching migration and its impact on Christian theology.

Young-chan Ro is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Korean Studies Center at George Mason University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied under Raimon Panikkar. He has written and edited volumes in Confucianism and also specialized in comparative religion, Confucian-Christian dialogue, and published numerous articles on Raimon Panikkar.



1. Introduction: Who Is Raimon Panikkar, Why this Book, and Why Now?
     Peter C. Phan and Young-chan Ro

Part I: The Many Faces of Raimon Panikkar
2. Raimon Panikkar: Life and Work
     Milena Carrara Pavan
3. Panikkar the Christian Thinker
     Joseph Prabhu
4. Panikkar’s Dharma, the West’s Karma: Panikkar and Hinduism
     Erik Ranstrom
5. Panikkar and the Silence of the Buddha
     Michiko Yusa
6. Panikkar the Dialogical Man: Religion and Religions
     Jyri Komulainen

Part II: Foundational Themes: Philosophical and Theological
7. Hermeneutics, Myth, Symbol, Religious Language
     J. Abraham VĂ©lez de Cea
8. Mysticism and Spirituality in Panikkar’s Thought
     Young-chan Ro
9. Who’s Playing with Whom? The Many Dwelling Places of Wisdom in the Theology of Raimon Panikkar
     Leo Lefebure
10. The Trinity and the Cosmotheandric Vision: Reflections on Panikkar’s Intercultural Theology
     Anselm Min
11. Time, History, and Christophany
     Francis D’Sa
12. Anthropology: Being Human
     Gerard Hall
13. Sexuality and Gender in the Vision of Raimon Panikkar
     M. Roberta Cappellini
14. Sacred Secularity and Prophetism: A Tension in Panikkar’s Work?
     Fred Dallmayr
15. Raimon Panikkar’s “Eschatology”: The Unpublished Chapter
     Peter C. Phan
16. After Panikkar: An Epilogue
     Francis X. Clooney, SJ

A Glossary of Panikkarian Terms
Bibliography: Primary and Secondary


Endorsements and Reviews

I would readily recommend this volume to anyone interested in acquainting themselves with Panikkar’s work, or for those who wish to deepen their understanding of his ‘mutationism’ and mysticism.
John Alllison, in Reading Religion, 2020

This is a really important study.
Robin Gill, Editor, in Theology, Vol 122, No 5

Now, with the welcome publication of this companion, scholars and theologians have a critical guide against which to assess the work of an original genius whose learning and vision embraced whole continents, and provoked admiration and frustration in equal measure.
Michael Barnes, S.J., Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, article 18, Vol. 33 [2020]