Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism

Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism

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ISBN-13: 9789004183278
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2012
Series: Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition Series
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eugene Afonasin, D. Phil. (2003, St. Petersburg), Candidate of philosophy
(1997, Moscow), is Professor of ancient philosophy and Roman law at Novosibirsk State University, Russia. His works include books and shorter studies on Gnosticism, Clement of Alexandria, the Neo-Pythagoreans, and Iamblichus’ Letters.

John Dillon, Regius Professor of Greek (Emeritus), at Trinity College Dublin, was educated at Oxford and UC Berkeley. He is author of many works on various aspects of the Platonic tradition, but in particular a number on Iamblichus.

John F. Finamore, Ph.D. (1983) in Classics, Rutgers University, is Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa. He has published extensively on Iamblichus, including (with J. M. Dillon) Iamblichus' De Anima: Text, Translation, and Commentary (Leiden: Brill, 2002).

Contributors: Crystal Addey, Eugene Afonasin, Luc Brisson, John Dillon, Adrien Lecerf, Greg Shaw, Daniela Taormina, Claudia Maggi, Svetlana Mesyats, and John Finamore.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors VII

Introduction 1

The Pythagorean Way of Life in Clement of Alexandria and Iamblichus Eugene Afonasin 13

Chapter 18 of the De communi mathematica scientia. Translation and Commentary Luc Brisson 37

The Letters of Iamblichus: Popular Philosophy in a Neoplatonic Mode John Dillon 51

Iamblichus: The Two-Fold Nature of the Soul and the Causes of Human Agency Daniela P. Taormina 63

Iamblichus on Mathematical Entities Claudia Maggi 75

The Role of aesthesis in Theurgy Gregory Shaw 91

Iamblichus on the Grades of Virtue John F. Finamore 113

The Role of Divine Providence, Will and Love in Iamblichus' Theory of Theurgic Prayer and Religious Invocation Crystal Addey 133

Iamblichus' Exegesis of Parmenides' Hypotheses and His Doctrine of Divine Henads Svetlana Mesyats 151

Iamblichus and Julian's "Third Demiurge": A Proposition Adrien Lecerf 177

Index 203

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