All From One: A Guide to Proclus by Pieter d'Hoine, Marije Martijn

By Pieter d'Hoine, Marije Martijn

Proclus (412-485 A.D.) used to be one of many final reliable "successors" of Plato on the head of the Academy in Athens on the finish of Antiquity, prior to the college was once eventually closed down in 529. As a prolific writer of systematic works on a variety of themes and essentially the most influential commentators on Plato of all instances, the legacy of Proclus within the cultural background of the west can hardly ever be over priced.

This ebook introduces the reader to Proclus' lifestyles and works, his position within the Platonic culture of Antiquity, and the impact his paintings exerted in later a while. a variety of chapters are dedicated to Proclus' metaphysical method, together with his doctrines in regards to the first precept of all fact, the only, and in regards to the kinds and the soul. The huge diversity of Proclus' proposal is extra illustrated by means of highlighting his contribution to philosophy of nature, medical thought, conception of data, and philosophy of language. ultimately, additionally his most unique doctrines on evil and windfall, his Neoplatonic advantage ethics, his advanced perspectives on theology and spiritual perform, and his metaphysical aesthetics obtain separate remedies.

This ebook is the 1st to assemble the top students within the box and to provide a cutting-edge of Proclean experiences this day. In doing so, it presents the main finished creation to Proclus' notion at the moment available.

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V. ), Fr. 59A Athanassiadi: ‘A feeling of great joy came upon Isidore as he caught sight of Proclus, whose appearance was both grave and formidable, so that he seemed to be gazing on the face of philosophy itself. ’ 14. Cf. Damascius, Phil. hist. (= V. ), Fr. 97F Athanassiadi. 15. v. ‘Marinos’, Μ 199 (= Athanassiadi Fr. 38A). To judge from other remarks in Damascius’ philosophical memoirs, there were few reasons to have a high opinion of Marinus. The opinio communis seems to have been that the much more speculatively minded Isidore of Alexandria was a more fitting heir to Proclus’ legacy; see Damascius, Phil.

77 Proclus died on 17 April 485. Throughout his life, he put himself under enormous pressure to prevail in his pursuit of the best possible life, pouring his entire physical, intellectual, and spiritual energy into the resuscitation of a waning culture of intellectual and spiritual paganism. 78 NOTES 1. On Proclus’ lasting influence, see Ch. 15. 2. The fragments have been collected by Zintzen (1967) and re-edited and translated by Athanassiadi (1999) who argues for the character of the work as a ‘philosophical history’.

53 Even if one does not entirely share Zuntz’s exasperation with Proclus in prayer,54 one has to admit, reading the hymns, that many of Proclus’ pious sentiments seem to float on the stale air of egocentricity, a trait that is not entirely at odds, it seems, with what we have been able to learn so far from Marinus. Proclus lived in a world that was full of demons, spirits, and higher deities; and these deities were in the business of constantly sending messages to him—in the constellation of the planets, in portents of all kinds (such as sparrows landing on one’s leg and casual remarks made by porters), in apparitions, drinks taken along the way, and above all in dreams.

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