Antonio Vargas

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Antonio Vargas

I am currently a research collaborator at the Graduate Program in Metaphysics at the University of Brasília, where i am currently working on a new Portuguese-language translation of Proclus’ Stoicheiosis Theologike. I was formerly at the Hebrew University, where I focused on the problem of evil and policitcal theology. I wrote and published many things during my years there, but the main product was the article The Conspiracy of the Good: Proclus’ Theodicy qua Political-Theological Paradigm. Recently, I published the bulk of my graduate research as a book: Time’s Causal Power: Proclus and the Natural Theology of Time. 

Here at Moses Atticizing I mostly develop projects that I deem still too rough, speculative or personal to pursue within an academic framework. My own calling to philosophy is earlier, broader and deeper than my university life, which started at an admittedly young age (16-17). Indeed, I only learnt that the abstract speculation that had absorbed me since at least the fourth grade was called ‘philosophy’ and that one could make a living off of it when I read (in translation) Rudiger Safranski’s Heidegger: Um Mestre da Alemanha entre o Bem e o Mal in high school. Since then I have been busy especially with metaphysical inquiry and I entered into the field of Ancient Philosophy more or less by accident, in part because only in the history of philosophy could I find metaphysicians that interested me. After having spent four transformative years in Israel, the center of my speculative interests now lies in the philosophical exploration of Judaism.