By Pieter d'Hoine, Marije Martijn

Proclus (412-485 A.D.) was once one of many final professional "successors" of Plato on the head of the Academy in Athens on the finish of Antiquity, prior to the varsity was once eventually closed down in 529. As a prolific writer of systematic works on a variety of subject matters and probably 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' existence and works, his position within the Platonic culture of Antiquity, and the impact his paintings exerted in later a long time. a variety of chapters are dedicated to Proclus' metaphysical method, together with his doctrines in regards to the first precept of all truth, the single, and concerning the kinds and the soul. The huge variety of Proclus' proposal is extra illustrated by way of highlighting his contribution to philosophy of nature, clinical thought, thought of data, and philosophy of language. ultimately, additionally his most unique doctrines on evil and windfall, his Neoplatonic advantage ethics, his complicated perspectives on theology and non secular perform, and his metaphysical aesthetics obtain separate remedies.

This ebook is the 1st to assemble the top students within the box and to offer a state-of-the-art of Proclean reviews at the present time. In doing so, it presents the main accomplished creation to Proclus' notion presently available.

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That work described the creation of the universe, comprising body, soul, and intellect, from pre-existing materials and in conformity with Idea-paradigms, by a craftsman-figure who was both father and maker. However, given the range of possibilities allowed to the interpreter by Plato’s indirect manner of presenting his thoughts, Platonists could argue about whether a temporal creation, rather than an ongoing creation process, was intended, and whether the personal terms in which Plato described his creator implied anything more than a dynamic force at work in crafting the universe.

5–8. The Neoplatonists believed in reincarnation, of course, and Proclus claimed, on the evidence of a dream, to be the reincarnation of the 2nd-cent. Neopythagorean philosopher Nicomachus (V. Proc. § 28). Some uncertainty remains; on the problem of Proclus’ horoscope, see Neugebauer (1975: ii. 1055–8); Jones (1999). DePalma Digeser (2010: 594). According to the 2nd-cent. CE Roman grammarian Sextus Pompeius Festus, excerpted by the 8th-cent. 2 (ed. 14 (ed. Lindsay). )” ’. 13). As soon as Proclus had grown up, however, there was not much to be gained from staying in the ancestral province or ever returning there.

12. It is a curious fact that Marinus also composed a life of Proclus in poetry (ἐπικῶς), see Suda Μ 198 Adler (= FGH Cont. 1083 T12 Radicke): Μαρῖνος Νεαπολίτης, φιλόσοφος καὶ ῥήτωρ, μαθητὴς Πρόκλου τοῦ φιλοσόφου καὶ διάδοχος ἔγραψε βίον Πρόκλου τοῦ αὑτοῦ διδασκάλου καὶ καταλογάδην καὶ ἐπικῶς καὶ ἄλλα τινὰ φιλοσόφων ζητήματα. As part of the genre of late ancient Neoplatonic poetics, the work might be considered a response to Christian hagiographical poetry and almost certainly intended for a broader audience; for a discussion of this, see Agosti (2009).

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