The Structure of Being and the Search for the Good: Essays on Ancient and Early Medieval Platonism (Variorum Collected Studies CS 629)

The Structure of Being and the Search for the Good: Essays on Ancient and Early Medieval Platonism (Variorum Collected Studies CS 629)

By: Dominic J. O'Meara (author)Hardback

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The essays in this book discuss a number of the central metaphysical and ethical themes that engaged the minds of Platonist philosophers during late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. One particular theme is that of the structure of reality, with the associated questions of the relations between soul and body and between intelligible and sensible reality, and the existence of mathematical objects. Other topics relate to evil and beauty, political life and its purpose, the philosophical search for the absolute Good, and how one can speak about this Absolute and have union with it. Going from Plato to Eriugena, the ways in which Platonist philosophers understood and developed these themes are analysed and compared.

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Dominic O'Meara, Seminaire de Philosophie, Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland


Contents: Introduction; Faut-il philosopher? Le voyage d'une question dans le monde antique; The chain of being in the light of recent work on Platonic hierarchies; Man as political animal: on the relation between Plato and Aristotle; Remarks on dualism and the definition of soul in Aristotle's De anima; Being in Numenius and Plotinus: some points of comparison; The problem of omnipresence in Plotinus Ennead VI, 4-5: a reply; Gnosticism and the making of the world in Plotinus; Plotinus on how soul acts on body; Evil in Plotinus (Enn.I,8); Textes de Plotin sur la beaute: initiation et remarques; Le probleme du discours sur l'indicible chez Plotin; The freedom of the One; A propos d'un temoignage sur l'experience mystique de Plotin (Enn.IV 8[6], 1, 1-11); Le probleme de la metaphysique dans l'antiquite tardive; La question de l'A*tre et du non-A*tre des objets mathematiques chez Plotin et Jamblique; Proclus' First Prologue to Euclid: The problem of its major source; Vie politique et divinisation dans la philosophie neoplatonicienne; Aspects of political philosophy in Iamblichus; EvA*ques et philosophes-rois: philosophie politique neoplatonicienne chez le Pseudo-Denys; L'investigation et les investigateurs dans le De divisione naturae de Jean Scot Erigene; The concept of Natura in John Scottus Eriugena; The problem of speaking about God in John Scottus Eriugena; The metaphysical use of mathematical concepts in Eriugena; Eriugena and Aquinas on the Beatific Vision; Addenda and Corrigenda; Index.

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  • publication date: 22/12/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780860787655
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 318
  • ID: 9780860787655
  • weight: 569
  • ISBN10: 0860787656

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