Moses Atticizing

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

In this post, Conor continues his analysis of of νοῦς in De Anima III.4. Was Aristotle’s characterization of being-in-the-world any less radical than Heidegger’s? Did Aristotle fall prey to thinking of man as a ‘thing,’ as an intra-worldly substance with properties?

In this post, Conor continues his exploration of Heidegger, Aristotle, and the conditions of intelligible experience.

In this post, Conor pursues a Platonic-Aristotelian Auseinandersetzung or setting of accounts with Martin Heidegger.

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.