Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism and the Platonic Tradition

Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes Volume 1

Western Scholarly Networks and Debates

Dragos Calma, Leiden: Brill, 2019, 495 p.


Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes, published in three volumes, is a fresh, comprehensive understanding of Proclus’ legacy in the Hellenic, Byzantine, Islamic, Latin and Hebrew traditions. The history of the Book of Causes, an Islamic adaptation of mainly Proclus’ Elements of Theology and Plotinus’ Enneads, is reconsidered on the basis of newly discovered manuscripts. This first volume enriches our understanding of the diverse reception of Proclus’ Elements of Theology and of the Book of Causes in the Western tradition where universities and religious schools offered unparalleled conditions of diffusion. The volume sheds light on overlooked authors, texts, literary genres and libraries from all major European universities from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

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Table of contents

Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes: Notes on the Western Scholarly Networks and Debates – By: Dragos Calma

Liber de causis

Tradition exégétique : âges, styles et formes d’ une réception par le commentaire – By: Dominique Poirel

La première réception du Liber de causis en Occident (XIIe–XIIIe siècles) – By: Irene Caiazzo

The De causis in Thomas of York – By: Fiorella Retucci

Le Liber de causis et l’ Elementatio theologica dans deux bibliothèques anglaises : Merton College (Oxford) et Peterhouse (Cambridge) – By: Laure Miolo

Les gloses sur le Liber de causis dans les manuscrits parisiens – By: Olga Weijers

From Content to Method: the Liber de causis in Albert the Great – By: Katja Krause and Henryk Anzulewicz

Citing the Book of Causes, IV: Henry of Ghent and His (?) Questions on the Metaphysics – By: Maria Evelina Malgieri

Duns Scot et le Liber de causis – By: Jean-Michel Counet

Sine secundaria: Thomas d’ Aquin, Siger de Brabant et les débats sur l’ occasionalisme – By: Dragos Calma

The Liber de causis in Some Central European Quodlibets – By: Iulia Székely


Proclus, Eustrate de Nicée et leur réception aux XIIIe–XIVe siècles – By: Irene Zavattero

Bate et sa lecture ‘encyclopédiste’ de Proclus – By: Guy Guldentops

Au-delà de la métaphysique: Notule sur l’ importance du Commentaire de Berthold de Moosburg OP sur les Éléments de théologie – By: Ruedi Imbach

Eriugenism in Berthold of Moosburg’s Expositio super Elementationem theologicam Procli – By: Evan King

Proclus dans la première quaestio collativa de Gilles Charlier – By: Zénon Kaluza

Plato’s Parmenides as Serious Game: Contarini and the Renaissance Reception of Proclus – By: Barbara Bartocci


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