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Ideas for a Reconstruction

David Lloyd Dusenbury

in Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198856962
eISBN:
9780191890079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856962.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Stoic philosophers in antiquity held that ‘the world is like a city and a polity’, and that human nature is like ‘a code of civil law’ (Cicero, De Finibus III). In his late-antique treatise On Human ... More


The Logic of Law: On Human Nature 29–43

David Lloyd Dusenbury

in Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198856962
eISBN:
9780191890079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856962.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Like other early Christian writers, Nemesius condemns any theory which denies that humans are by nature free. Though he believes that the human body is an instrument, he passionately rejects the idea ... More


The World City: On Human Nature 1

David Lloyd Dusenbury

in Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198856962
eISBN:
9780191890079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856962.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

In this chapter, we begin to reconstruct Nemesius’ anthropology, beginning with On Human Nature 1. And what we are meant to take from Nemesius’ prologue is something he calls a ‘familiar’ idea: that ... More


The Union of Substances: On Human Nature 2–5

David Lloyd Dusenbury

in Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198856962
eISBN:
9780191890079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856962.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

In this chapter, on Human Nature 2–5, Nemesius denies that the soul is a body, a harmony, a mixture, or a quality. His cosmopolitan anthropology rests on the conviction that the human soul is an ... More


The Organization of Powers: On Human Nature 6–28

David Lloyd Dusenbury

in Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198856962
eISBN:
9780191890079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856962.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter argues that the physiological and psychological chapters of Nemesius’ treatise are not random memoranda on the human organism or disjecta membra taken from a range of late-antique ... More


Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

David Lloyd Dusenbury

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198856962
eISBN:
9780191890079
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856962.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Nemesius of Emesa’s On Human Nature (De Natura Hominis) is the first Christian anthropology. Written in Greek, circa 390 CE, it was read in half a dozen languages—from Baghdad to Oxford—well into the ... More


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