Proclus : An Introduction

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Proclus of Lycia (412-485) was one of the greatest philosophers of antiquity, producing the most systematic version of late Neoplatonic thought. He exercised enormous influence on Byzantine, medieval, Renaissance and German Classical philosophy, ranking among the top five of ancient philosophers in terms of the number of preserved works. Despite this he is rarely studied now, the enormous intricacy of his system making the reading of his treatises difficult for beginners. This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to all the basic areas of Proclus' thought. It carefully guides the reader through his metaphysics, theology, epistemology and theory of evil, as well as his sophisticated philosophy of religion. It also sets Proclus in the historical, social and religious context of late antiquity, offering a synthetic account that will appeal to historians and students of ancient religion.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 15 b/w illus.
  • 1139368281
  • 9781139368285

About Radek Chlup

Radek Chlup is a lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. He specializes in Greek philosophy and religion as well as in general methodology for the study of religion.
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Table of contents

1. Historical background; 2. Proclus' metaphysics; 3. Proclus' polytheistic theology; 4. Epistemology; 5. Ways of unification; 6. Inspired poetry and its symbols; 7. Evil and theodicy; 8. Ethics; 9. Worldview; 10. Epilogue: Proclus' legacy.
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'... a most welcome publication which will be used with profit by all those interested in Proclus.' Arctos
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