Moses Atticizing

“For what is Plato, but Moses atticizing?” —Numenius
τί γάρ ἐστι Πλάτων ἢ Μωσῆς ἀττικίζων;

Antonio presents a miscellany of ancient passages on divine overseers.

In this post, Conor compares the wise man from Metaphysics A to the Plato’s account of the Sophist. According to both, the two are closer than we like to imagine.

Antonio presents Joseph Gikatilla’s kabbalistic theory on the Divine Names and their connection to the nations and their gods.

Antonio looks at the central role played by freedom in Moshe Luzzatto’s Derech Hashem.

In a different key, Jonathan reflects on the various phenomena of madness—Dionysian madness, erotic madness, outright insane madness, to…simple insanity. What ties them together? What distinguishes them? What forms of them exist? Can there even be a definition…? The first in a (likely) series of exploratory thoughts.

In this post, Conor contextualizes what, in an earlier post, he called ‘noetic reduction’ in the Enneads. Beginning with Parmenides, he argues that the roots of reduction go all the way back to Parmenides’s founding insight that ‘the same is for thinking as for being.’

Antonio develops a couple of lines of argument on the notions of Empire and Nation and what kind of political unity the Church is supposed to be.

In this post, Conor reflects on Plotinus’s method of ascent to the intelligible world by means of a critical analysis of mind and its contents.

Antonio explains an argument of Jewish Philosopher Moshe Luzzatto on Human Freedom

Jonathan reflects on a recent essay on post-Enlightenment ethics, calling for a return to a Christian metaphysics for a communitarian ethics, and the challenge faced by the “metaphysically homeless” self.