Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism

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Eugene Afonasin, John M. Dillon, John Finamore
BRILL, May 25, 2012 - Philosophy - 210 pages
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Iamblichus of Chalcis (c. 240-c. 325 C.E.), successor to Plotinus and Porphyry, gave new life to Neoplatonism with his many philosophical and religious refinements. Once regarded as a religio-magical quack, Iamblichus is now seen as a philosophical innovator who harmonized not only Platonic philosophy with religious ritual but also Platonism with the ancient philosophical and religious tradition. Building on recent scholarship on Iamblichean philosophy, the ten papers in this volume explore various aspects of Iamblichus' oeuvre. These papers help show that Iamblichus re-invented Neoplatonism and made it the major school of philosophy for centuries after his death.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Pythagorean Way of Life in Clement of Alexandria and Iamblichus
13
Chapter 18 of the De Communi Mathematica Scientia Translation and Commentary
37
Popular Philosophy in a Neoplatonic Mode
51
The TwoFold Nature of the Soul and the Causes of Human Agency
63
Iamblichus on Mathematical Entities
75
The Role of Aesthesis in Theurgy
91
Iamblichus on the Grades of Virtue
113
The Role of Divine Providence Will and Love in Iamblichus Theory of Theurgic Prayer and Religious Invocation
133
Iamblichus Exegesis of Parmenides Hypotheses and His Doctrine of Divine Henads
151
A Proposition
177
Index
203
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Eugene Afonasin, D. Phil. (2003, St. Petersburg), Candidate of philosophy (1997, Moscow), is Professor of ancient philosophy and Roman law at Novosibirsk State University, Russia. His works include books and shorter studies on Gnosticism, Clement of Alexandria, the Neo-Pythagoreans, and Iamblichus Letters. John Dillon, Regius Professor of Greek (Emeritus), at Trinity College Dublin, was educated at Oxford and UC Berkeley. He is author of many works on various aspects of the Platonic tradition, but in particular a number on Iamblichus. John F. Finamore, Ph.D. (1983) in Classics, Rutgers University, is Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa. He has published extensively on Iamblichus, including (with J. M. Dillon) "Iamblichus'" De Anima: "Text, Translation, and Commentary" (Leiden: Brill, 2002). Contributors: Crystal Addey, Eugene Afonasin, Luc Brisson, John Dillon, Adrien Lecerf, Greg Shaw, Daniela Taormina, Claudia Maggi, Svetlana Mesyats, and John Finamore.