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The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Torstein Tollefsen

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199237142
eISBN:
9780191717321
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

St Maximus the Confessor (580–662) is an influential Byzantine thinker. The book is a study of the basic features of his thought, his philosophical theology or metaphysics. The term ‘Christocentric ... More


The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199237142
eISBN:
9780191717321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The Logos is the centre of all the logoi, i.e. the divine acts of will that are eternally conceived but expressed at the moment of creation. Through the logoi a well-ordered cosmos is instituted. The ... More


Union and Distinction in the Thought of St Maximus the Confessor

Melchisedec Törönen

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199296118
eISBN:
9780191712258
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296118.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This book is the first study that presents, in a single volume, the whole of St Maximus the Confessor's thought in the light of unity and diversity. The principle of simultaneous union and ... More


The Creation Song

Melchisedec TÖrÖnen

in Union and Distinction in the Thought of St Maximus the Confessor

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199296118
eISBN:
9780191712258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296118.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Presents Maximus' understanding of the universe; the theme of the logoi of beings; immanence and participation; providence; and the Porphyrian Tree in relation to Maximus' cosmology.


The Concept of Participation

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199237142
eISBN:
9780191717321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The concept of participation, even though it has been a part of philosophical discussions and world-views since Plato, is obscure. Maximus' understanding of the cosmos includes a concept of how lower ... More


The Divine Ideas and the Creation of the Cosmos

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199237142
eISBN:
9780191717321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

‘Exemplarism’ is the doctrine that the cosmos is created and ordered by God from divine Ideas. This way of thinking is sketched from Plato to the Cappadocian fathers. Maximus' doctrine of the logoi ... More


The Divine Activity

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199237142
eISBN:
9780191717321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

There is a distinction to be conceived between God's essence and his activity (energeia). This distinction is discussed with a view to Gregory Palamas and earlier theological developments. Maximus ... More


Corporeality and the Cosmos

Adam G. Cooper

in The Body in St Maximus the Confessor: Holy Flesh, Wholly Deified

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199275700
eISBN:
9780191602399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927570X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Why did God create the universe? How does it exist independently of the divine essence? Is matter essential or incidental in the cosmic economy? In what way are body and soul both one and distinct? ... More


Polyneices’s Truth

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses a problematic example of sophia provided by Polyneices in Phoenician Women. More specifically, it examines Polyneices's debate with Eteocles in which he contrasts “justice” and ... More


Aspects of biology in Plotinus

Christoph Horn

in Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693719
eISBN:
9780191739019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693719.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Even if questions of biology might not belong to the core topics of the Enneads, Plotinus has at least some interesting things to say on life and living organisms. This chapter discusses how he ... More


The Philosophical Argument Against Escape

Roslyn Weiss

in Socrates Dissatisfied: An Analysis of Plato's Crito

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195116847
eISBN:
9780199833832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195116844.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Socrates' reasons for remaining in prison appeal to old logoi, to principles that affirm the value of justice, the greater importance of the soul as compared with the body, and hence the lesser evil ... More


Pluralism and Protagoras: the plurality of truth

Lauren J. Apfel

in The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199600625
eISBN:
9780191724985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600625.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the sophist Protagoras and his relationship with the concept of truth (alētheia). It examines two of his most important fragments: the man‐measure statement and the two‐logoi ... More


Placing Theatre in the History of Vision

Simon Goldhill

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748614066
eISBN:
9780748651054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

If the invention and development of Athenian democracy required a reconstruction of the self-representation of the city and citizens of Athens, a reconstruction that inevitably involved words and ... More


The Logoi of Beings in Greek Patristic Thought

David Bradshaw

in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251445
eISBN:
9780823252909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251445.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

One of the most intriguing aspects of Greek patristic thought about nature is the concept of the logoi of beings. The logoi are the Ȍinner essences” of things, the value and significance they have in ... More


At the Limits of Art: A Literary Study of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi

Janet Downie

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199924875
eISBN:
9780199345649
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199924875.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book presents a reassessment of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi, a unique first-person narrative from the ancient world. While scholars have embraced the Logoi as a rich source for Imperial-era ... More


Heraclitean Opposition and Parmenidean Contradiction: Pre-Socratic Ontology and Protagorean Sophistry in the Cratylus, the Theaetetus, and the Euthydemus

Robin Reames

in Seeming and Being in Plato's Rhetorical Theory

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226567013
eISBN:
9780226567150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226567150.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter examines three of Plato’s dialogues that deal with Protagoras’s doctrines: the Cratylus, Theaetetus, and Euthydemus. In those dialogues, Plato portrays the sophist Protagoras’s thought ... More


Pleasure and the Discovery of Nature

in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates: On the "Nicomachean Ethics"

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226080505
eISBN:
9780226080543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226080543.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The reconsideration of human character in Book VII of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics takes the form of an exploration of the psychology of desire, and the perspective of the inquiry exhibits the ... More


Happiness

in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates: On the "Nicomachean Ethics"

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226080505
eISBN:
9780226080543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226080543.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Book IX of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics ended with a description of friends pursuing together the activities in which they each take pleasure. Friendship was found to be necessary for happiness ... More


The Glory of God Hidden in Creation: Eastern Views of Nature in Fyodor Dostoevsky and St. Isaac the Syrian

Bruce V. Foltz

in The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254644
eISBN:
9780823261024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254644.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The same bias that allows Lynn White Jr. to posit Western Christianity as normative for the Christian tradition as such allows Western interpreters of Dostoevsky to regard the affirmation of nature’s ... More


Seeing God in All Things: Nature and Divinity in Maximos, Florensky, and Ibn ‘Arabi

Bruce V. Foltz

in The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254644
eISBN:
9780823261024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254644.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Perhaps the intellectual asceticism of the phenomenological reduction as a path to “seeing” the things themselves entails a partial rediscovery of the purification (katharsis) of the heart undertaken ... More


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