Plato’s Parmenides and Its Heritage

Volume 2: Reception in Patristic, Gnostic,

and Christian Neoplatonic Texts

John D. Turner & Kevin Corrigan, Leiden: Brill, 2011


« Plato’s Parmenides and Its Heritage » presents in two volumes ground-breaking results in the history of interpretation of Plato’s Parmenides, the culmination of six years of international collaboration by the SBL Annual Meeting seminar, “Rethinking Plato’s Parmenides and Its Platonic, Gnostic and Patristic Reception” (2001–2007).

Volume 2 examines and establishes for the first time evidence for a significant knowledge of the Parmenides in Philo, Clement, and patristic sources. It offers an extensive and balanced analysis of the case for and against the various possible attributions of date and authorship of the Anonymous Commentary in relation to Gnosticism, Middle Platonism, and Neoplatonism and argues that on balance the case for a pre-Plotinian authorship is warranted. It also undertakes for the first time in this form an examination of the Parmenides in relation to Jewish and Christian thought, moving from Philo and Clement through Origen and the Cappadocians to Pseudo-Dionysius. The contributors to Volume 2 are Matthias Vorwerk, Kevin Corrigan, Luc Brisson, Volker Henning Drecoll, Tuomas Rasimus, John F. Finamore, John M. Dillon, Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Gerald Bechtle, David T. Runia, Mark Edwards, Jean Reynard, and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz.

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

Section 1: Parmenides Interpretation from Plotinus to Damascius
1. Plotinus and the Parmenides: Problems of Interpretation
Matthias Vorwerk
2. Plotinus and the Hypotheses of the Second Part of Plato’s Parmenides
Kevin Corrigan
3. The Reception of the Parmenides before Proclus
Luc Brisson
4. Is Porphyry the Source Used by Marius Victorinus?
Volker Henning Drecoll
5. Porphyry and the Gnostics: Reassessing Pierre Hadot’s Thesis in Light of the Second- and Third-Century Sethian Treatises
Tuomas Rasimus
6. Columns VII–VIII of the Anonymous Commentary on the Parmenides: Vestiges of a Logical Interpretation
Luc Brisson
7. Iamblichus’s Interpretation of the Parmenides’ Third Hypothesis
John F. Finamore
8. Syrianus’s Exegesis of the Second Hypothesis of the Parmenides: The Architecture of the Intelligible Universe Revealed
John M. Dillon
9. Damascius on the Third Hypothesis of the Parmenides
Sara Ahbel-Rappe
10. Metaphysicizing the Aristotelian Categories: Two References to the Parmenides in Simplicius’s Commentary on the Categories (75,6 and 291,2 Kalbfleisch)
Gerald Bechtle

Section 2: The Hidden Influence of the Parmenides in Philo, Origen, and Later Patristic Thought
11. Early Alexandrian Theology and Plato’s Parmenides
David T. Runia
12. Christians and the Parmenides
Mark Edwards
13. Origen’s Platonism: Questions and Caveats
Mark Edwards
14. Plato’s Parmenides among the Cappadocian Fathers: The Problem of a Possible Influence or the Meaning of a Lack?
Jean Reynard
15. The Importance of the Parmenides for Trinitarian Theology in the Third and Fourth Centuries c.e.
Kevin Corrigan
16. Pseudo-Dionysius, the Parmenides, and the Problem of Contradiction
Andrew Radde-Gallwitz
References 255
Contributors 269
Subject–Name Index 273
Index Locorum 289