Plato and Theodoret: The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance / Edition 1

Plato and Theodoret: The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance / Edition 1

by Niketas Siniossoglou
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521880734

ISBN-13: 9780521880732

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In late antiquity Plato's philosophy became a battlefield between the competing discourses and rival intellectual paradigms represented by Hellenism and Christianity. Focusing on Theodoret of Cyrrhus' Graecarum Affectionum Curatio, Dr Siniossoglou examines the philosophical, rhetorical and political dimensions of the Neoplatonic–Christian conflict of

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In late antiquity Plato's philosophy became a battlefield between the competing discourses and rival intellectual paradigms represented by Hellenism and Christianity. Focusing on Theodoret of Cyrrhus' Graecarum Affectionum Curatio, Dr Siniossoglou examines the philosophical, rhetorical and political dimensions of the Neoplatonic–Christian conflict of interpretations over Plato. He shows that the apologist's aim was to procure a radical shift in Hellenic intellectual identity through the appropriation of Platonic concepts and terminology. The apologetical strategies of appropriation are confronted with the perspective of the intended audience, the Hellenic elite, by means of comparative discourse analysis. The outcome is a reconstruction of a vital trial of strength between Neoplatonic hermeneutics and the Christian rhetorical mode of rewriting Plato. The volume concludes that the fundamental Hellenic–Christian opposition outweighed any linguistic merging that might have occurred between the two systems, and that this opposition outlived the dominance of Christianity in late antique society and politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521880732
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The conflict between Hellenism and Christianity in Late Antiquity; 2. Peri Archês: the question of philosophical monotheism; 3. Askesis: from Platonic to Christian asceticism; 4. Mythos and kosmos: Judeo-Christian creationism and Plato's cosmology; 5. Nomos: the political implications of Judeo-Christian monotheism; Conclusion: Platonic philosophy and the question of Hellenic identity.

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