Platonic Theories of Prayer is a collection of ten essays on the topic of prayer in the later Platonic tradition. The volume originates from a panel on the topic held at the 2013 ISNS meeting in Cardiff, but is supplemented by a number of invited papers. Together they offer a comprehensive view of the various roles and levels of prayer characteristic of this period. The concept of prayer is shown to include not just formal petitionary or encomiastic prayer, but also theurgical practices and various states of meditation and ecstasy practised by such major figures as Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Proclus, Damascius or Dionysius the Areopagite.
From Robert Grosseteste to Jean-François Lyotard, Augustine’s suggestion that time is a “dilation of the soul” (
distentio animi) has been taken up as a seminal and controversial time-concept, yet in
The Space of Time, David van Dusen argues that this ‘dilation’ has been fundamentally misinterpreted.
Confessions XI is a dilation of the
senses—in beasts, as in humans. And Augustine’s time-concept in
Confessions XI is not Platonic—but in schematic terms, Epicurean.
Identifying new influences on the
Confessions—from Aristoxenus to Lucretius—while keeping Augustine’s phenomenological interpreters in view,
The Space of Time is a path-breaking work on
Confessions X to XII and a ranging contribution to the history of the concept of time.