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Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity


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Acknowledgements; List of contributors; List of abbreviations; Introduction LARS FREDRIK JANBY, EYJOLFUR KJALAR EMILSSON, TORSTEIN THEODOR TOLLEFSEN AND PANAGIOTIS G. PAVLOS; PART I: Methodologies; 1 The Agreement of Christianity and Platonic Philosophy from Justin Martyr to Eusebius, SEBASTIEN MORLET; 2 Augustine and the "Prophecy" of Plato, Tim. 29c3, CHRISTINA HOENIG; 3 Porphyry's Daemons as a Threat for the Christians, CHRISTINE HECHT; PART II: Cosmology; 4 Patristic Reflections on Formless Matter, ENRICO MORO; 5 Plotinus' Doctrine of Badness as Matter in Ennead I.8. [51], EYJOLFUR KJALAR EMILSSON; 6 Proclus, Philoponus, and Maximus: The Paradigm of the World and Temporal Beginning, TORSTEIN THEODOR TOLLEFSEN; PART III: Metaphysics; 7 Christ and Pythagoras: Augustine's Early Philosophy of Number, LARS FREDRIK JANBY; 8 The Impact of on the Divine Ideas, DANIEL J. TOLAN; 9 Theurgy in Dionysius the Areopagite, PANAGIOTIS G. PAVLOS; 10 On the Meaning of Hierarchy in Dionysius the Areopagite, DIMITRIOS A. VASILAKIS; 11 The Doctrine of Immanent Realism in Maximus the Confessor, SEBASTIAN MATEIESCU; 12 That and How Perichoresis Differs from Participation: The Case of Maximus the Confessor, JORDAN DANIEL WOOD; PART IV: Ethics; 13 Apophaticism in the Search for Knowledge: Love as a Key Difference in Neoplatonic and Christian Epistemology, E. BROWN DEWHURST; 14 The Origin of Passions in Neoplatonic and Early Christian Thought: Porphyry of Tyre and Evagrius Ponticus, ADRIAN PIRTEA; 15 Augustine on Eudaimonia as Life Project and Object of Desire, TOMAS EKENBERG; Indexes

About the Author

Panagiotis G. Pavlos is Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo, Norway. His main interests are Late Antique metaphysics, cosmology and the early Christian philosophical tradition, with an emphasis on their interaction. His doctoral dissertation examines the concept of aptitude (epitedeiotes) in Late Antique and Early Christian thought.Lars Fredrik Janby holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas from the University of Oslo, Norway, where he defended a thesis on Augustine's encyclopedic project. His research focuses on Christian receptions of classical material in Late Antiquity.Eyjolfur Kjalar Emilsson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo, Norway. His research interests include topics in metaphysics and ethics in the ancient and late ancient classical philosophical tradition. He is the author of four monographs and numerous articles on ancient philosophy, focusing on Plotinus in particular.Torstein Theodor Tollefsen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo, Norway. His main interests are metaphysics and cosmology in late antiquity and early Byzantium, and the tensions and interactions between pagan and Christian thought in that period.


"[A] fine and engaging compendium on an exciting subject matter - the mutual relationship of Platonism and Christianity... a highly informative and rich book. The individual chapters... provide a glimpse into the exciting times of philosophical debates that shaped Christianity as we know it. The work as a whole succeeds in shedding, so to say, new light on old questions, but also on some less explored subjects, and thus promises to remain an interesting and informative reading for students and scholars of both Early Christianity and Late Platonism, as well as for historians of ideas in general." - Review of Ecumenical Studies"[A] highly engaging reading that will surely elicit further research in Patristic Platonism." - Classical Journal"...successfully challenges the basic assumptions of much discussion surrounding Christianity and Late Antique intellectual discourse. As such the volume is successful in challenging the reader not to view the relationship between Christianity and Platonism in the simplistic terms of enmity and competition, but rather as a complex and multifaceted relationship, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, but always profitable. This is a volume that complements recent scholarship on Late Antique philosophy and Christianity, and I would recommend it to all those interested in Late Antique Christianity, the interactions between 'pagan' and Christian intellectual discourse, and the general development of Late Antique philosophy." - Diogenes"L'ouvrage livre un riche et stimulant apercu de la variete des questions qui animaient les penseurs paiens et chretiens de l'epoque... cha>que contribution illustre a sa facon la omplexite des liens entre platonisme et christianisme ainsi que la profondeur des idees tardo-antiques, encore trop souvent jugees inferieures a celles qui les ont precedees." - Laval Theologique et Philosophique[The book provides a rich and stimulating overview of the variety of questions that animated the pagan and Christian thinkers of the time... each contribution illustrates in its own way the complexity of the links between Platonism and Christianity as well as the depth late-antique ideas, still too often considered inferior to those that preceded them.]"PCTLA est utile non seulement pour les chercheurs experts, mais aussi pour les jeunes etudiants, qui pourront aisement s'orienter dans les specialites des etudes recueillies dans ce volume. En definitive, PCTLA atteint pleinement son but en fournissant un apercu complet et approfondi de la relation complexe entre platonisme et christianisme dans l'Antiquite tardive." - Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Theologiques [PCTLA is useful not only for expert researchers, but also for young students, who can easily orient themselves in the specialties of the studies collected in this volume. Ultimately, PCTLA fully achieves its purpose in providing a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the complex relationship between Platonism and Christianity in Late Antiquity.] "Somme toute, Platonism and Christian thought in late antiquity affronte le defi du complexus, en ce qu'il essaie de denicher les rapports de dialogue et de contraste parmi des penseurs profondement differents, certes, mais ayant pour but commun la comprehension du mystere du divin : et l'effort visant a retrouver, examiner et confronter les tesselles de cette mosaique est couronne de succes. Les specialistes des etudes comparatives entre Christianisme et Neoplatonisme pourront maintenant se servir d'un outil nouveau et innovant d'un point de vue methodologique aussi bien que sur le plan du contenu (notamment au sujet de St. Augustin, Denys l'Areopagite et St. Maxime le Confesseur)." - Revue Philosophique de Louvain[All in all, Platonism and Christian thought in Late Antiquity confronts the challenge of the complexus, in that it tries to unearth the relationships of dialogue and contrast among thinkers who are profoundly different, certainly, but who have the common goal of understanding the mystery of the divine: and the effort to find, examine and confront the tesserae of this mosaic is crowned with success. Specialists in comparative studies between Christianity and Neoplatonism will now be able to use a new and innovative tool from a methodological point of view as well as from a content point of view (in particular concerning St. Augustine, Dionysius the Areopagite and St. Maximus the Confessor).]

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