All from One

A Guide to Proclus

Peter d’Hoine & Marije Martjin, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016


Proclus (AD 412–85) was one of the last official ‘successors’ of Plato at the head of the Academy in Athens at the end of antiquity, before the school was finally closed down in 529. As a prolific author of systematic works on a wide range of topics and one of the most influential commentators on Plato of all times, the legacy of Proclus in the cultural history of the west can hardly be overestimated. This book introduces the reader to Proclus’ life and works, his place in the Platonic tradition of antiquity, and the influence his work exerted in later ages. Various chapters are devoted to Proclus’ metaphysical system, including his doctrines about the first principle of all reality, the One, and about the Forms and the soul. The broad range of Proclus’ thought is further illustrated by highlighting his contribution to philosophy of nature, scientific theory, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of language. Finally, also his most original doctrines on evil and providence, his Neoplatonic virtue ethics, his complex views on theology and religious practice, and his metaphysical aesthetics receive separate treatments.

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Table of contents

1 Proclus of Athens

Christian Wildberg

2 Proclus’ Place in the Platonic Tradition

Harold Tarrant

3 Proclus’ System

Marije Martijn and Lloyd P. Gerson

4 The One, the Henads, and the Principles*

Gerd Van Riel

5 Platonic Forms and the Triad of Being, Life, and Intellect

Pieter d’Hoine

6 Proclus on the Psychê

John F. Finamore and Emilie Kutash

7 The Natural World

Jan Opsomer

8 Mathematics and the Sciences

Dominic O’Meara

9 Proclus on Epistemology, Language, and Logic

Christoph Helmig

10 Proclus’ Theology

Luc Brisson

11 Theurgy in the Context of Proclus’ Philosophy

Robert M. van den Berg

12 Providence and Evil

Carlos Steel

13 The Human Life

Dirk Baltzly

14 Literary Theory and Aesthetics

Anne Sheppard

15 Proclus’ Legacy

Peter Adamson and Filip Karfík


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