In this post, Conor examines Plotinus’ notion of double activity and causality. In it, he argues that Plotinian causality is not just a temporal event between moving bodies, but an ordered act of self-giving that occurs between beings.
In part 2/2 of a review on Matthew Briel’s A Greek Thomist: Providence in Gennadios Scholarios, I discuss Scholarios’ views on providence as the result of his synthesis of Aquinas and the previous Greek theological tradition, and draw some parallels to Proclus and critical assessments.
In this post, Conor shares a paper on the impossibility of kakology (a science of evil) in Proclus and Pseudo-Dionysius
In part 1/2 of a review on Matthew Briel’s A Greek Thomist: Providence in Gennadios Scholarios, I outline the first part of Briel’s book, on the theological/philosophical background of providence in the Byzantine Tradition and Scholarios’ other key influence, Thomas Aquinas. I raise some questions from the overarching late antique/Platonist philosophical tradition.
Antonio shares an excerpt of a work in progress.
In this post Conor comments upon one of his favorite Enneads, 1.6, or On Beauty.
Antonio provides some Thomistic inspired reflections to defend that God loves and directs the lives of all, even the reprobate. This is the good news of hell. (Part II of II)
In this post, Conor examines the location of evil in the Procline cosmos.
In this post Conor discusses St. Thomas Aquinas’ In Librum Beati Dionysii De Divinis Nominibus
On a somewhat different topic, Jonathan looks into the recent American novelist, David Foster Wallace, and his thesis on the role of narratives, the imprisonment of the postmodern self, religious ritual, and attention. The first in a series of posts, I suggest this ties into a similar theme in Plato as well.