Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity
Panagiotis G. Pavlos, Lars Fredrik Janby, Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, Torstein Theodor Tollefsen (editors), 2019
Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity examines the various ways in which Christian intellectuals engaged with Platonism both as a pagan competitor and as a source of philosophical material useful to the Christian faith. The chapters are united in their goal to explore transformations that took place in the reception and interaction process between Platonism and Christianity in this period.
The contributions in this volume explore the reception of Platonic material in Christian thought, showing that the transmission of cultural content is always mediated, and ought to be studied as a transformative process by way of selection and interpretation. Some chapters also deal with various aspects of the wider discussion on how Platonic, and Hellenic, philosophy and early Christian thought related to each other, examining the differences and common ground between these traditions.
Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity offers an insightful and broad ranging study on the subject, which will be of interest to students of both philosophy and theology in the Late Antique period, as well as anyone working on the reception and history of Platonic thought, and the development of Christian thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Janby Lars Fredrik, Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, Tollefsen Torstein Theodor, Pavlos Panagiotis G.
Part Part I – Methodologies
The agreement of Christianity and Platonic philosophy from Justin Martyr to Eusebius – Sébastien Morlet
Augustine and the “prophecy” of Plato, Tim. 29c3 – Christina Hoenig
Porphyry’s daemons as a threat for the Christians – Christine Hecht
Part Part II – Cosmology
Patristic reflections on formless matter – Enrico Moro
Plotinus’ doctrine of badness as matter in Ennead I.8  1 – Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson
Proclus, Philoponus, and Maximus. The paradigm of the world and temporal beginning – Torstein Theodor Tollefsen
Part Part III – Metaphysics
Christ and Pythagoras. Augustine’s early philosophy of number – Lars Fredrik Janby
The impact of the Ὁμοούσιον on the divine ideas – Daniel J. Tolan
Theurgy in Dionysius the Areopagite 1 – Panagiotis G. Pavlos
On the meaning of hierarchy in Dionysius the Areopagite* – Dimitrios A. Vasilakis
The doctrine of immanent realism in Maximus the Confessor * – Sebastian Mateiescu
That and how perichōrēsis differs from participation. The case of Maximus the Confessor – Jordan Daniel Wood
Part Part IV – Ethics
Apophaticism in the search for knowledge. Love as a key difference in Neoplatonic and Christian epistemology – E. Brown Dewhurst
The origin of passions in Neoplatonic and early Christian thought. Porphyry of Tyre and Evagrius Ponticus – Adrian Pirtea
Augustine on eudaimonia as life project and object of desire – Tomas Ekenberg