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God's Acting, Man's Acting

Tradition and Philosophy in Philo of Alexandria

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Francesca Calabi

The topic tackled in this book is Philo’s account of the complex, double-sided nature of God’s acting – the two-sided coin of God as transcendent yet immanent, unknowable yet revealed, immobile yet creating – and also the two sides of acting in humans – who, in an attempt to imitate God, both contemplate and produce.
In both contexts, divine and human, Philo considers that it would not be proper to give precedence to either side – the result would be barren. God’s acting and man’s acting are at the same time both speculative and practical, and it is precisely out of this co-presence that the order of the world unfolds. Philo considers this two-sided condition as a source of complexity and fertility. Francesca Calabi argues that, far from being an irresolvable contradiction, Philo’s two-fold vision is the key to understanding his works. It constitutes a richness that rejects reduction to apparently incompatible forms and aspects.
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Edited by Francesca Calabi

The essays collected in Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria give an overview of the main trends of current Italian research on Philo of Alexandria, making much of this research accessible for the first time in the English language. Over the past few years, there has been renewed interest in Italy in research on Philo. Philo’s thought can best be addressed in a multidisciplinary study to examine its complexity and its implications. The essays in the volume are accordingly approached from various perspectives: historical, linguistic, philological, and philosophical.
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Edited by Francesca Calabi

Studies in Philo of Alexandria publishes monographs and collections of essays focusing on the study of Philo of Alexandria and his cultural environment. The series aims to present a wide spectrum of studies covering the religious and philosophical background as well as the main streams of thought of his time.

The series welcomes contributions on philosophical, historical, exegetical, and theological subjects as well as studies on literary issues.

The series published two volumes over the last 5 years.