Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes Volume 1

Western Scholarly Networks and Debates


Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes, published in three volumes, is a fresh, comprehensive understanding of Proclus’ legacy in the Hellenic, Byzantine, Islamic, Latin and Hebrew traditions. The history of the Book of Causes, an Islamic adaptation of mainly Proclus’ Elements of Theology and Plotinus' Enneads, is reconsidered on the basis of newly discovered manuscripts. This first volume enriches our understanding of the diverse reception of Proclus’ Elements of Theology and of the Book of Causes in the Western tradition where universities and religious schools offered unparalleled conditions of diffusion. The volume sheds light on overlooked authors, texts, literary genres and libraries from all major European universities from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
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Dragos Calma, PhD (2008), Sorbonne University, is Associate Professor of Medieval Philosophy at University College Dublin. He has published monographs, articles and edited volumes on the medieval thought, including two edited volumes on Neoplatonism in the Middle Ages (Brepols 2016).
"One of the landslides in the historiography of ancient and medieval philosophy is the recognition of the import and role of the medieval reception and reworking of Proclus’ Elements of Theology. The volume here reviewed, the first of a triad of essay collections on this topic, will no doubt contribute greatly to that recognition. [...] This is a book for specialists, and a scholarly Fundgrube, as shown by the fact that Latin and occasionally Greek quotations are not translated, the high density of information, and the appendices [...]. The book contains a number of invaluable resources [...] I cannot but conclude that this is an important volume [...] and further avenues of research clearly open up in the wake of this volume." – Marije Martijn, in: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, 06 October 2021.

"It must be clear by now that the collection under review constitutes a significant contribution to the exploration of how Proclus’ Elem. theol. and the Book of Causes were received in the Latin West and in Byzantium. This volume of contributions by an interdisciplinary group of experts covers centuries of Proclean influence and familiarizes the reader with a vast array of complex philological and philosophical issues, ranging from details about manuscripts to the most complicated doctrinal controversies." – Sokratis Athanasios Kiosoglou, in: Aestimatio ns 2.2, 31 July 2022.
1 Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes: Notes on the Western Scholarly Networks and DebatesDragos Calma

Part 1 Liber de causis

2 Tradition exégétique: âges, styles et formes d’ une réception par le commentaireDominique Poirel
3 La première réception du Liber de causis en Occident (XIIeXIIIe siècles)Irene Caiazzo
4 Liber de causis in Thomas of YorkFiorella Retucci
5 Le Liber de causis et l’ Elementatio theologica dans deux bibliothèques anglaises: Merton College (Oxford) et Peterhouse (Cambridge)Laure Miolo
6 Les gloses sur le Liber de causis dans les manuscrits parisiensOlga Weijers
7 From Content to Method: the Liber de causis in Albert the GreatHenryk Anzulewicz and Katja Krause
8 Citing the Book of Causes, IV: Henry of Ghent and the His (?) Questions on the MetaphysicsMaria Evelina Malgieri
9 Duns Scot et le Liber de causisJean-Michel Counet
10 Sine secundaria: Thomas d’ Aquin, Siger de Brabant et les débats sur l’ occasionalismeDragos Calma
11 The Liber de causis in Some Central European QuodlibetsIulia Székely

Part 2 Proclus

12 Proclus, Eustrate de Nicée et leur réception aux XIIIeXIVe sièclesIrene Zavattero
13 Bate et sa lecture ‘encyclopédiste’ de ProclusGuy Guldentops
14 Au-delà de la métaphysique: Notule sur l’ importance du commentaire de Berthold de Moosburg OP sur les Eléments de théologieRuedi Imbach
15 Eriugenism in Berthold of Moosburg’s Expositio super Elementationem theologicam ProcliEvan King
16 Proclus dans la première quaestio collativa de Gilles CharlierZénon Kaluza
17 Plato’s Parmenides as Serious Game: Contarini and the Renaissance Reception of ProclusBarbara Bartocci
Students/scholars interested in the history of philosophy and intellectual history, notably in the reception of Hellenic and Islamic thought in the Latin West, medieval and renaissance studies (philosophy, theology, manuscripts).
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