Porphyry’s Real Powers in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus

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  • 1 University of Leuven, De Wulf–Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Philosophy, Belgium

In his Commentary on the Timaeus, Porphyry of Tyre argued against the second-century Platonist Atticus’ thesis that the creation in Plato’s Timaeus was a process from a point of time. This paper focuses on the summary of one of Porphyry’s arguments against this thesis exposed in Book 2 of Proclus’ Commentary on the Timaeus. It argues that Proclus does justice to Porphyry’s views and that the argument points to a classification of powers in Porphyry’s metaphysics that has so far been neglected by scholars.

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    A. R. Sodano (1964). Sodano’s collection needs to be reassessed.

  • 11

    A. Smith (2011) ix 71. On the Plotinian emanation doctrine, see also C. Rutten (1956).

  • 15

    J. Opsomer (2006) 86; Idem (2001) 61. Contra A. Johnson (2013) 59 and 63.

  • 19

    Porph. Fr. 253, p. 274, 59-63 Smith.

  • 21

    Porph. Sent. 37, p. 43, 13 Lamberz: ἀπειροδύναµος γὰρ ἡ τῆς ψυχῆς φύσις.

  • 22

    See D’Ancona 2006, 364-366; Trouillard 1977.

  • 32

    A. Johnson (2013) 73 sq.

  • 34

    A. Johnson (2013) 74.

  • 37

    A. Sheppard (2007). See also Jean Pépin’s comments in L. Brisson and J. M. Dillon (2005) 447-49.

  • 43

    Porph. Fr. 449, p. 519, 17-21 Smith: οὕτω δὴ τῇ ψυχῇ οὺχ οἶόν τε λύσιν ἀπὸ τοῦ αἰσθητοῦ γενέσθαι γνωστικῇ οὔσῃ ἐνεργείᾳ, µὴ πρὸς τὸ ὂν αὐτὸ στραφείσῃ κἀκεῖ τὴν προσοχὴν συνεχῶς ἐντεινούσῃ. κατ᾽ὀλίγον γὰρ οὗτος ὁ δοξαστικὸς ὁµοῦ καὶ φανταστικὸς δεσµὸς καὶ παθητικὸς αὐτῆς έκλύεται. See also A. Sheppard (2007) 74.

  • 51

    Chiaradonna (2007) 48.

  • 52

    Viltanioti (2017).

  • 58

    Chiaradonna (2007) 35.

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