Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes, Volume 2

Translations and Acculturations


Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes, published in three volumes, is a fresh, comprehensive understanding of the history of Neoplatonism from the 9th to the 16th century. The impact of the Elements of Theology and the Book of Causes is reconsidered on the basis of newly discovered manuscripts and evidences. This second volume revises widely accepted hypotheses about the reception of the Proclus’ text in Byzantium and the Caucasus, and about the context that made possible the composition of the Book of Causes and its translations into Latin and Hebrew. The contributions offer a unique, comparative perspective on the various ways a pagan author was acculturated to the Abrahamic traditions.
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Dragos Calma, Ph.D. (2008), Sorbonne University – Paris, is Associate Professor of Medieval Philosophy at University College Dublin. On Neoplatonism, he has published Neoplatonism in the Middles Ages (2 vols, Brepols, 2016) and Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes (vol. 1, Brill 2019).
Edited by Robert M. Berchman Foro di Studi Avanzati Gaetano Massa. Roma and John F. Finamore University of Iowa

Editorial Board: John Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin), Gary Gurtler (Boston College), Jean-Marc Narbonne (Laval University-Canada)
"This volume is surely destined to be a fundamental reference point for further investigation and research on the reception of the Book of Causes and, at the same time, of some fundamental metaphysical conceptions of Neoplatonic origin in the Western as well as in the Arabic and Hebrew traditions." - Michele Abbate, Aestimatio, Vol. 3 no. 1 (2022).
1 Notes on the Translations and Acculturations
Dragos Calma

Part 1 Byzantium

2 An Orthodox and Byzantine Reception of the Elements of Theology
Frederick Lauritzen

3 Universals, Wholes, Logoi: Eustratios of Nicaea’s Response to Proclus’ Elements of Theology
Stephen Gersh

4 ‘A Mixing Cup of Piety and Learnedness’: Michael Psellos and Nicholas of Methone as Readers of Proclus’ Elements of Theology
Joshua M. Robinson

5 Nicholas of Methone, Procopius of Gaza and Proclus of Lycia
Anna Gioffreda and Michele Trizio

Part 2 The Caucasus

6 Die Elementatio theologica des Proklos im Kontext der kaukasischen Philosophie
Tengiz Iremadze

Part 3 The Lands of Islam

7 Providence, Divine Knowledge and Causation and Porphyry and the Theology of Aristotle
Michael Chase

8 Plotinus Arabus and Proclus Arabus in the Harmony of the Two Philosophers Ascribed to al-Fārābī
Peter Adamson

9 Les Chapitres sur les thèmes métaphysiques d’ al-ʿĀmirī et l’ anonyme Kitāb al-ḥaraka : deux interprétations du Liber de causis en arabe
Elvira Wakelnig

10 Contextualizing the Doctrine of Divine Causality in the Kalâm fi mahd al-khair / Liber de causis
Richard Taylor

11 La présence de Proclus et du Liber de causis dans l’ œuvre d’ Ibn Bāǧǧa et pseudo-Ibn Bāǧǧa
Jamal Rachak

Part 4 The Latin West

12 The Latin Translation of the Liber de causis
Dag Nikolaus Hasse

13 Doubles traductions et omissions : une approche critique en vue d’ une édition de la traduction latine du Liber de causis
Jules Janssens

14 Thomas d’ Aquin et les mots arabes du Liber de causis
Pascale Bermon

15 Le Liber de causis et Proclus dans les sermons de Meister Eckhart
Alessandra Beccarisi

16 The Liber de causis and the Formula potentia sive virtus intellectiva in Dante’s Political Philosophy
Victoria Arroche

17 Notes on the Presence of the Elements of Theology in Ficino’s Commentary on Philebus
Sokrates-Athanasios Kiosoglou

Part 5 The Hebraic Tradition

18 Hillel de Vérone, traducteur en hébreu et commentateur du Liber de causis au XIIIe siècle
Jean-Pierre Rothschild

19 Receptum est in recipiente per modum recipientis: Traces of the Liber de causis in Early Kabbalah
Saverio Campanini

All interested in the history of philosophy, Late Antiquity, Arabic Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Scholasticism, Byzantine Philosophy.
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