This book represents a series of incursions or philosophical forays between realms of Byzantine and Russian thought and territory
long claimed by Western philosophy and theology. Beginning with thoughts inevitably rooted in the West, it seeks to penetrate
as deeply as possible into Byzantine and Russian philosophical and spiritual landscapes, and to return with fresh insights.
These are also incursions that move back and forth between the visible and the invisible realms, in the traditions of Plato
and his successors as well as the great monastics of Eastern Christianity. Foltz argues from various perspectives that the
problematic relation between transcendence and immanence finds its answer in the philosophical and theological legacy of Eastern
Christian thought, which has always sought to bring together strands tenaciously held separate in the West. This book transports
contemporary readers to an ancient conceptual landscape as it expertly handles both Western and Byzantine ideas with a familiarity
unusual to contemporary scholars. It is essential reading for all those wishing to engage the heart of Byzantine thought and
employ its lessons to address the problems which plague Western philosophy and culture.