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Against Proclus On the Eternity of the World 6-8 by John Philoponus

Against Proclus On the Eternity of the World 6-8

Part of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series


Against Proclus On the Eternity of the World 6-8 by John Philoponus

This is one of the most interesting of all post-Aristotelian Greek philosophical texts, written at a crucial moment in the defeat of paganism by Christianity, AD 529, when the Emperor Justinian closed the pagan Neoplatonist school in Athens. Philoponus in Alexandria was a brilliant Christian philosopher, steeped in Neoplatonism, who turned the pagans' ideas against them. Here he attacks the most devout of the earlier Athenian pagan philosophers, Proclus, defending the distinctively Christian view that the universe had a beginning against Proclus' eighteen arguments to the contrary, which are discussed in eighteen chapters. Chapters 6-8 are translated in this volume.

About the Author

Dr Michael Share is Honorary Research Associate in the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania.

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Publication date

24th March 2005


John Philoponus

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Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


192 pages


Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500



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