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Proclus of Lycia 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 n Proclus of Lycia was one of the greatest philosophers of antiquity, producing the most systematic version of late Neoplatonic thought.

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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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In addition to covering all the basic areas of his thought, the book sets Proclus in the historical, social and religious context of late antiquity. He specializes in Greek philosophy and religion as well as in general methodology for the study of religion. Compartilhe seus pensamentos com outros clientes. Compra verificada. The review by Stephen A. Orzel is spot on. It is probably not for the beginner, but if you have some basic understanding of Platonic philosophy and want to better comprehend how Plato's ideas are eventually refined and blended with religious theory and practice, read this book.

Chlup simplifies the big ideas without being simplistic.

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Once I began reading it I literally could not put it down. This is an exceptional book opening the door to a very complex subject--a subject that has much to say to our modern world. The philosophy of Proclus has been a rather esoteric pursuit for quite some time. Not so much because of the sheer magnitude of his body of written work, but more so due to the complexity of his thinking. Radek Chlup's text fills the void between specialists in late Platonic scholarship versus general philosophical readership.

We now have an accessible introduction to Proclus, which does a great service to help establish him as a colossal statue among the Greek masters. To say that Proclus was a prolific writer is an understatement to the highest degree. His writings about with profound depth and clarity, a corpus that touched every area of ancient learning to the point of constituting a veritable encyclopedia of Greek thought.

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Although most of Proclus' original writings have been lost, the amount that survives could still keep one busy for a lifetime. While we do have the most important commentaries, on the Timaeus and the Parmenides, which both run hundreds and hundreds of pages, divided into multiple books, what survives of these is still incomplete. Luckily, enough remains to have a relatively complete perspective on Proclus' systematic philosophy. We are very fortunate to have these available in English translation today.

The essays on the Republic are some of the last remaining works that have not been translated into English. The Platonic Theology is available in English, but Thomas Taylor's translation is the only one available. While it is charming to read, it is outdated and in need of a new translation. Hopefully we will see the situation improve, as the appearance of Chlup's introduction should draw more scholarly attention to this situation.

Overall, the text functions marvelously as a study guide to Proclus. While the whole of it can only scratch the surface of Proclus' system, it does manage to cover a lot of ground. And while the reader will begin to see the overall contours and 'global topology' of his system, this can only be a coarse filtration; those who want the full details will have to consult the source works. One might begin to wonder: why worry about making such fine distinctions between levels of reality, and go through so much trouble mapping out the intricate dynamics between these levels?

We never get an answer from Proclus, but I feel he would have explained how more elaborate concepts lead to clearer perceptions. This way of thinking makes us see more detail, and understand more of the whole at a deeper level. In that sense, Proclus differs from Plotinus in that Plotinus just wanted to experience The One as a singularity, but Proclus also wanted to integrate the full spectrum of total reality into his core being.

And his writing is a legacy to show us how it can be accomplished.

But is it worth all this difficulty? Consider these words from Proclus' Commentary on the Parmenides: "The man who genuinely loves knowledge does not shrink from the labor involved; the more difficult a matter is to learn, so much the more eagerly does he pursue it, not trying to evade hardships. But an inferior and unqualified student, when he hears that a task is difficult, takes his leave of an inquiry that is not for him. Beginning with The One and The Good, followed by a brilliant treatment of procession and reversion, we see how these doctrines apply to separate levels of reality, taking the shape of either a four-fold breakdown into The One, Intellect, Soul and Body.

This vertical hierarchy is then developed with the ideas of participation, leading to a seven-fold breakdown into The One, Being, Life, Intellect, Soul, Nature, and Body. Chapter three looks at Proclus' concept of the henads and what this implies for a theological system for ranking the Gods.

Proclus - Hymn to The One

Then we come to how humans can come to know these levels of reality through a breakdown of how the soul can know.