Being Different: More Neoplatonism after Derrida


Having now benefited from viable editions and studies of many of the most important authors within the Neoplatonic tradition of western philosophy, it is time for us to read these materials more actively in terms of the philosophical developments of the late twentieth century that provide the greatest opportunities for intertextual exploration. The hermeneutical project that beckons was begun in Stephen Gersh's Neoplatonism after Derrida: Parallelograms (Brill, 2006) and is raised to a higher power in his present volume. Here a new course is charted in the reading of such ancient authors as Proclus, Damascius, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Meister Eckhart through a critical engagement with the deconstructions of pagan and Christian Neoplatonic texts in the writings of Jacques Derrida.

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Biographical Note
Stephen Gersh is Professor of Medieval Studies and Concurrent Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous books on the history of the Platonic tradition including Neoplatonism after Derrida: Parallelograms (Brill, 2006).
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"Being Different is an appropriate sequel [to Neoplatonism after Derrida: Parallelograms ], bringing in new players (Augustine, Damascius, Mallarmé) to revisit many of the problems explored in the first volume, while ultimately steering the inquiry into the tantalizing questions of the “performative utterance” and verbal theurgy. Dylan Burns, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.10.36.
Those interested in the history of the Platonic tradition in antiquity and the Middle Ages and also especially those interested in the contemporary reception of that tradition.
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