Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes Volume 1

Western Scholarly Networks and Debates

Editor: Dragos Calma
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).
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).