Philosophy of Nature and Its Methods in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus
Author: Marije Martijn
Of Proclus’ immense philosophical system, the part concerning the natural world may well be the most fascinating. Traditional scholarship tends to downplay that part of Neoplatonism, in favour of idealism, but recently this attitude is changing. This study contributes to that development by showing how Proclus’ natural philosophy relates to theology, while remaining a science in its own right. Starting from his Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus, it presents a revision of Proclus’ metaphysics of nature and provides new insight into his surprisingly peripatetic philosophy of science, the role of mathematics, and the nature of discourse in natural philosophy. This book will be of interest both to students of the Platonic tradition, and to historians of natural science, metaphysics and epistemology.

and Woodruff) I Introduction Despite often being lambasted as the tradition that overlooked the Socratic element in Plato’s dialogues, the Neoplatonic philosophers of late antiquity often engaged in and markedly analyzed Socratic themes. 1 In particular, Proclus, like Socrates before him, was

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
The Cratylus contains Plato’s important, yet ambiguous discussion of language. By studying the reception of this text in antiquity, this book explores the various ideas on language and its relation to philosophy in the Platonic tradition. This discussion provides the backdrop for a detailed analysis of the commentary on the dialogue by Proclus. His, often original, views on language are, it appears, the product of a critical reevaluation of those of his predecessors, whereas his interpretation of the Cratylus throws new light on that dialogue. This book will thus be of interest both to students of Plato and the Platonic tradition, as well as to those working on ancient theories of language.

fit their own evolving ideas about the human soul and its metaphysical destiny. The aim of this paper is to sketch Proclus’ programme of moral education in relation to his psychology. Like Plato and many other Platonists before him, Proclus assumes that moral education should address both the non

In: Phronesis
Author: Alberto Kobec

1 Introduction In the third book of his Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides , after the discussion concerning the existence of Platonic Forms (784.20-804.26), 1 Proclus addresses the notorious problem of the extent of the world of Forms (805.1-838.3). 2 Prompted by Parmenides 130b3-e4

In: Mnemosyne
Author: John Phillips
This study places the doctrine of evil of the Neoplatonist Proclus in its proper context, the exegetical tradition as it developed within the various schools of ancient Platonism, from Middle Platonism to early Neoplatonism. With regard to the evil of the body, there are chapters on the various interpretations of Plato's notion of a pre-cosmic disorderly motion as the source of corporeal evil and on the role of what Platonists referred to as an irrational Nature in the origin of that motion. As for evil of the soul, there are chapters dealing with the concept of an evil World Soul and with the view that the evil that is ascribed to the human soul is a form of psychological weakness.
Author: Timothy Riggs

for Proclus, is a broader concept than self, insofar as it not only refers to a particular real being, but also for some of the features which some contemporary theorists consider necessary for a concept of self. This state of affairs is not unknown to scholars of Proclean Neoplatonism, just as it is

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
Author: Jonathan Greig

1 Introduction Among other things, Proclus is well-known for developing a theory of causality according to which the One produces Being through intermediate causes—a contrast to the earlier Neoplatonist, Plotinus, for whom the One is the direct cause of Being. 1 Most people familiar with

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
John J. Cleary (1949–2009) was an internationally recognised authority in many aspects of ancient philosophy. As well as penetrating and original studies of Plato, Aristotle, and Proclus, he was particularly interested in the philosophy of mathematics, and ancient theories of education. The essays included in this collection display Cleary’s range of expertise and originality of approach. Cleary was especially attentive to the problems involved in the interpretation of a philosophical text: in his reading of Plato he recognised the special status of dialogue as a privileged mode of philosophical writing. His underlying concern was the open-ended character of philosophy itself, to be pursued with intellectual rigour and respect both for the question and one’s interlocutor. These collected essays are representative of John Cleary’s philosophical life’s work.

1 The Problem 1.1 The Science of Mathematics Is a Hypothetical Science, but Also Makes Use of Principles That Are Self-evident The importance of Proclus’ Commentary on the First Book of Euclid’s Elements for the history and philosophy of mathematics is well known, but to date an

In: Phronesis