The Great Tradition: Further Studies in the Development of by John M. Dillon

By John M. Dillon

This number of articles explores a huge diversity of matters when it comes to the improvement of Platonism. the amount takes in such figures as John Scotus Eriugena and Salomon ibn Gabirol, whereas bearing witness to an knowing and appreciation of the final head of the Platonic Academy, Damascius. the amount starts with a learn of a side of Plato himself, his exceedingly ironic manner of creating use of the traditional idea of the "golden age" and the background of a suggestion that he bequeathed to his successors, the concept that the thinker should still boost whatever of an "art" or "science" of erotics. the amount keeps directly to discover parts reminiscent of the philosophical stature of Plato's nephew and successor, Speusippus, the functioning of Platonic dialogues in the highbrow lifetime of the college, matters and figures inside of center Platonism - significantly Philo of Alexandria and Plutarch - a number of features of Plotinus' idea, proof from Porphyry and Iamblichus and various facets of the philosophy of Proclus.

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J. Henle 1970, 383. 8 For Cusanus on Dionysius and Platonism, cf. Luscombe 1997 especially 97f. A good overview concerning the influence of Dionysius in Western philosophy and theology in the Middle Ages is Ruh 1987, 50-63 (with abundant bibliography). A list of medieval and early modern interpreters who doubted an authorship of Apostolic times is presented by Hausherr 1936. §2. THE PHANTOM AUTHOR 17 Neoplatonism than Augustine’s — entered more ‘mainstream’ medieval philosophy” (Perl 2003, 548).

Listed strictly in the order of appearance, the thirteen chapters of DN display the following Names of God: ch. ch. ch. ch. 1: 2: 3: 4: ch. ch. ch. ch. ch. 3 is a prayer] Good, Light, Beautiful, Love, Ecstasy, Zeal, [and the problem of evil] Being Life Wisdom, Mind, Word, Truth, Faith Power, Justice/Righteousness, Salvation, Redemption Greatness, Smallness, Sameness, Difference, Similarity, Dissimilarity, Rest, Motion 2 Von Balthasar 1962, 192ff. Von Balthasar’s theory concerning the treatise is thoroughly theological, whereas I shall try to reassess his outline of DN from a philosophical point of view (cf.

For the scope of this book, however, I shall depart for the most part from this modern consensus on Dionysius’ authorship. I do not entertain serious doubts about the thorough and most impressive philological surveys of Koch, Stiglmayr, and their successors in the field of Dionysian studies, nor is it my intention to defend the erstwhile traditional position of Dionysius as a first-century author personally enlightened by the Apostle Paul. I just think (and want to show) that an accomplished explanation of the philosophical system expounded in DN can be given without subordinating it from the beginning to its historical dependence on Proclus.

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