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On Proclus and his influence in medieval philosophy Egbert P. Bos

On Proclus and his influence in medieval philosophy

Egbert P. Bos

Published November 1st 1991
ISBN : 9789004094291
Hardcover
206 pages
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Proclus (c. 410 - 485) was one of the major Greek philosophers of late Antiquity. In his metaphysics he developed and systematized fundamental problems of Platos thought, such as participation- transcendence - immanence- causation - participation -MoreProclus (c. 410 - 485) was one of the major Greek philosophers of late Antiquity. In his metaphysics he developed and systematized fundamental problems of Platos thought, such as participation- transcendence - immanence- causation - participation - return- henads and monads. In a theological way he interpreted some of Platos dialogues. In the tradition of the neo-platonic school of Athens he tried to bring together Orpheus, Pythagoras and Plato. Before and after his works had been translated into Latin, Proclus influenced the Christian West through the Liber de causis (Book of Causes), a Latin translation of an anonymous Arab version of his Elementatio theologica. Among those who commented on the Liber or on some of its theses, were many well-known philosophers: Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Master Eckhart, Berthold of Moosberg and William of Ockham. The Liber de causis stimulated discussions about the concepts of God, first and second causality, universals, metaphysics of being as opposed to metaphysics of the one. In the volume various specialists discuss these problems: Saffrey, De Rijk, Meyer, Steel, De Libera, Aertsen, Beierwaltes and Bos.