Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon (BOK)

Niketas Siniossoglou

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Byzantium has recently attracted much attention, but principally among cultural, social and economic historians. This book shifts the focus to philosophy and intellectual history, exploring the thought-world of visionary reformer Gemistos Plethon (c.1355-1452). It argues that Plethon brought to their fulfilment latent tendencies among Byzantine humanists towards a distinctive anti-Christian and pagan outlook. His magnum opus, the pagan Nomoi, was meant to provide an alternative to and escape-route from the disputes over the Orthodoxy of Gregory Palamas and Thomism. It was also a groundbreaking reaction to the bankruptcy of a pre-existing humanist agenda and to aborted attempts at the secularisation of the State, whose cause Plethon had himself championed in his two utopian Memoranda. Inspired by Plato, Plethon's secular utopianism and paganism emerge as the two sides of a single coin. On another level, the book challenges anti-essentialist scholarship that views paganism and Christianity as social and cultural constructions.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Niketas Siniossoglou
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107013032
Antall sider 470 Dimensjoner 13,8cm x 21,6cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 750 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Ancient history: to c 500 CE, History of ideas, Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500