Proclus: On the Existence of Evils (BOK)

Carlos Jan Opsomer Steel

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Proclus' On the Existence of Evils is not a commentary, but helps to compensate for the dearth of Neoplatonist ethical commentaries. The central question addressed in the work is: how can there be evil in a providential world? Neoplatonists agree that it cannot be caused by higher and worthier beings. Plotinus had said that evil is matter, which, unlike Aristotle, he collapsed into mere privation or lack, thus reducing its reality. He also protected higher causes from responsibility by saying that evil may result from a combination of goods. Proclus objects: evil is real, and not a privation. Rather, it is a parasite feeding off good. Parasites have no proper cause, and higher beings are thus vindicated as being the causes only of the good off which evil feeds.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Carlos Jan Opsomer Steel
Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN 9781472557391
Antall sider 256 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2cm
Vekt 454 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd