By Pieter d'Hoine, Marije Martijn
Proclus (412-485 A.D.) used to be one of many final authentic "successors" of Plato on the head of the Academy in Athens on the finish of Antiquity, sooner than the varsity was once eventually closed down in 529. As a prolific writer of systematic works on quite a lot of issues and the most influential commentators on Plato of all occasions, the legacy of Proclus within the cultural historical past of the west can rarely be over priced.
This booklet introduces the reader to Proclus' existence and works, his position within the Platonic culture of Antiquity, and the effect his paintings exerted in later a long time. a number of chapters are dedicated to Proclus' metaphysical process, together with his doctrines in regards to the first precept of all fact, the only, and concerning the types and the soul. The vast diversity of Proclus' suggestion is additional illustrated via highlighting his contribution to philosophy of nature, clinical thought, concept of information, and philosophy of language. eventually, 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 publication is the 1st to compile the best students within the box and to offer a cutting-edge of Proclean reports this present day. In doing so, it offers the main entire creation to Proclus' proposal at the moment available.
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10). Cf. Damascius, Phil. hist. (= V. ), Fr. 9C Athanassiadi. , Fr. 27 Athanassiadi. It is safe to assume that Proclus before him did just that. , Fr. 56 Athanassiadi. Ibid. Aedesia married the philosopher Hermias instead, who, like Proclus, was a student of Syrianus. Among the children of Aedesia and Hermias were the philosophers Ammonius Hermeiou and Heliodorus, who in turn became students OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 28/10/2016, SPi Proclus of Athens: A Life 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38.
19 and § 26. In late antiquity, Proclus’ hymns were cited by John Lydus and Olympiodorus; see Vogt (1957: 1–2). As to modern scholarship on the hymns, see Van den Berg (2001), Zuntz (2005), Kalligas (2009), and Ch. 11 in this volume. Cf. Zuntz (2005: 154); my tr. from the German. g. that the hymns might have been published to be sung by others, in which case their self-referentiality would serve a different purpose and change from occasion to occasion. See Hermias, in Phdr. 12 Couvreur). I owe this reference to Antonio Vargas.
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. hist. (= V. ), Fr. 98C-F and Fr. 148 Athanassiadi. Personalities no doubt played a role as well, but one can see, in a way, that Proclus, Isidore, and Damascius are philosophically cut from a similar sort of cloth, whereas Marinus stood at an oblique angle to the prevailing culture of speculative Platonism.