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The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Andrew Louth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. This book aims to redress the balance. ... More


Inner Grace: Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul

Phillip Cary

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195336481
eISBN:
9780199868438
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336481.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Rather than constituting a break with his Platonism, Augustine's doctrines of grace and free will are formed from the beginning by Platonist conceptions of happiness, wisdom, intellect, virtue, ... More


Introduction

Phillip Cary

in Inner Grace: Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195336481
eISBN:
9780199868438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336481.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

To bring the conceptual structure of Augustine's doctrine of grace into focus one must avoid several common strategies for minimizing his Platonism, such as assuming that no philosophy or religion ... More


Christian Grace and Pagan Virtue: The Theological Foundation of Ambrose’s Ethics

J. Warren Smith

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195369939
eISBN:
9780199893362
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369939.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Though understandably overshadowed by Augustine’s preeminence in the West, Ambrose is a doctor of the Catholic Church and an important patristic authority for the Middle Ages and Reformation, ... More


Conclusion: In Defense of Plato

Svetla Slaveva-Griffin

in Plotinus on Number

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195377194
eISBN:
9780199869572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377194.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The concept of number is the troublemaker in the history of Platonism. It separated the followers of Plato and Aristotle into two camps for generations. For Plotinus, however, the concept becomes the ... More


The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347-274 BC)

John Dillon

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237662
eISBN:
9780191597336
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237669.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In this book, John Dillon investigates the development of the Academy in the 70 years after Plato's death in 347 b.c. He discusses the careers of the Academy's chief figures, in particular, ... More


Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Henny Fiskå Hägg

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199288083
eISBN:
9780191604164
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199288089.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Apophatic theology claims that God is unknowable, and this book investigates the earliest stages of Christian apophaticism. It focuses on the writings of Clement of Alexandria (around AD 200): his ... More


Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?: Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry

George E. Karamanolis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199264568
eISBN:
9780191603990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199264562.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This book breaks new ground in the study of later ancient philosophy by examining the interplay of the two main schools of thought, Platonism and Aristotelianism, from the first century BC to the ... More


Philosophy of Mathematics: Structure and Ontology

Stewart Shapiro

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139303
eISBN:
9780199833658
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139305.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The philosophy of mathematics articulated and defended in this book goes by the name of “structuralism”, and its slogan is that mathematics is the science of structure. The subject matter of ... More


Realism in Mathematics

Penelope Maddy

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198240358
eISBN:
9780191597978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019824035X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Many mathematicians understand their work as an effort to describe the denizens and features of an abstract mathematical world or worlds. Most philosophers of mathematics consider views of this sort ... More


Mathematics without Numbers: Towards a Modal-Structural Interpretation

Geoffrey Hellman

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198240341
eISBN:
9780191597664
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198240341.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Develops a structuralist understanding of mathematics, as an alternative to set‐ or type‐theoretic foundations, that respects classical mathematical truth while minimizing Platonist commitments to ... More


Plotinus: An Introduction to the Enneads

Dominic J. O'Meara

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198751472
eISBN:
9780191598128
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198751478.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This book is a guide to those wishing to read the works (the Enneads) of Plotinus, one of the greatest figures of ancient philosophy. The book provides an outline of Plotinus’ life and of the ... More


Mathematics as a Science of Patterns

Michael D. Resnik

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250142
eISBN:
9780191598296
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250142.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Mathematics is regarded as our most developed science, and yet philosophical troubles surface as soon as we inquire about its subject matter partly because mathematics itself says nothing about the ... More


The Concept of God in Middle Platonism

Henny Fiskå Hägg

in Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199288083
eISBN:
9780191604164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199288089.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter deals with the philosophical school that influenced Clement most, Middle Platonism. Middle Platonist philosophy is represented by three of its main exponents: Alcinous, Atticus, and ... More


Deflating Existential Consequence: A Case for Nominalism

Jody Azzouni

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195159882
eISBN:
9780199834990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159888.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

What in our theoretical pronouncements commits us to objects? The Quinean standard for ontological commitment involves (nearly enough) commitments when we utter “there is” or “there are” statements ... More


Talking Books

Philip Burton

in Language in the Confessions of Augustine

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199266227
eISBN:
9780191709098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266227.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter considers the relationship between the spoken and the written word in the Confessions, a work in which the importance of books and reading is widely acknowledged. Alongside the familiar ... More


The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In almost any discussion of Christian mysticism there arises the question as to its uniqueness: what is the relationship between Christian mysticism and other forms of mysticism? In the context of a ... More


In Every Way a Good Thing: Death in the Thought of Ambrose of Milan

David Albert Jones

in Approaching the End: A Theological Exploration of Death and Dying

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199287154
eISBN:
9780191713231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287154.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In De bono mortis, Ambrose puts forward three deaths: death to sin so as to live to God; death as the completion of this present life; and the death of the soul due to sin. Ambrose maintains that ... More


Not Good for Anyone: Death in the Thought of Augustine of Hippo

David Albert Jones

in Approaching the End: A Theological Exploration of Death and Dying

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199287154
eISBN:
9780191713231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287154.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In De civitate Dei book XIII, Augustine argues that bodily death is always a bad thing in itself. Careful consideration of the story of the fall from Eden shows it to be the very opposite of the ... More


The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus

David Sedley

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199267033
eISBN:
9780191601828
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199267030.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Plato’s Theaetetus is thought to have been written after his main middle-period dialogues, in which he expounded his celebrated metaphysical doctrine of Forms. Yet, it is an open-ended Socratic ... More


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