Dionysius on Beauty and Its Influence on the Tradition

JPI 973

The goal of this seminar is to give an account of the fruitfulness of the platonic doctrine of Beauty and Eros in Dionysius's theology and mystical doctrine.  This account will follow the process of metamorphosis; that this doctrine undergoes thanks to the creative dialogue of the Fathers with the writings of Plato, Plotinus and the Neoplatonists. The seminar also studies the influence of Dionysius on the subsequent tradition, with a particular focus on medieval authors (St. Thomas, Richard of St. Victor, etc.).

Course Texts for Spring 2017

  • PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE, The works of Dionysius the Areopagite / now first translated into English from the original Greek by John Parker (Merrick, N.Y. : Richwood Pub. Co., 1976). Reprint of the 1897 1899 ed. published by James Parker & Co., London.
  • E. Perl, Theophany. The neoplatonic Philosophy of Dionysius the Areopagite (= Perl, Theophany) (Albany: State University of New York Press, c2007)   
  • Knepper, Timothy D., Negating negation: against the apophatic abandonment of the Dionysian Corpus, (Eugene OR: Cascade Books 2013)
  • Plotinus' Enneads **preference should be given to the Loeb edition (transl.. H. Armstrong), V volumes, with Greek and English Text, so that everyone is working with the same translation.
  • Theology of Plato, available online in Taylor's translation (only translation available in English) https://archive.org/details/ProclusOnTheTheologyOfPlato-ElectronicEdition

Associated Faculty
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