Neoplatonic Demons and Angels

Luc Brisson, Seamus O’Neill and Andrei Timotin, Leiden: Brill, 2018


Neoplatonic Demons and Angels is a collection of eleven studies which examine, in chronological order, the place reserved for angels and demons not only by the main Neoplatonic philosophers (Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, and Proclus), but also in Gnosticism, the Chaldaean Oracles, Christian Neoplatonism, especially by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. This volume originates from a panel held at the 2014 ISNS meeting in Lisbon, but is supplemented by a number of invited papers.

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Table of Contents


The Daimon and the Choice of Life in Plotinus’ Thought By: Thomas Vidart

The Angels in Ancient Gnosis: Some Cases By: Madeleine Scopello

Demons and Angels in the Chaldaean Oracles By: Helmut Seng

What is a Daimon for Porphyry? By: Luc Brisson

Porphyry of Tyre on the Daimon, Birth and the Stars By: Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum

Daimones in Porphyry’s On the Cave of the Nymphs By: Nilufer Akcay

Evil Demons in the De Mysteriis Assessing the Iamblichean Critique of Porphyry’s Demonology By: Seamus O’Neill

Proclus’ Critique of Plotinus’ Demonology By: Andrei Timotin

The Angels in Proclus: Messengers of the Gods By: Luc Brisson

Ontology, Henadology, Angelology. The Neoplatonic Roots of Angelic Hierarchy By: Ghislain Casas

Dionysius the Areopagite on Angels. Self-Constitution versus Constituting Gifts By: Marilena Vlad



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