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Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity


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Clothed in the Body: Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era

Clothed in the Body: Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era

Hannah Hunt
May 22, 2017

Hunt examines the apparent paradox that Jesus' earthly existence and post resurrection appearances are experienced through consummately physical actions and attributes yet some ascetics within the Christian tradition appear to seek to deny the value of the human body, to find it deadening of...

The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine's Pneumatology

The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine's Pneumatology

Chad Tyler Gerber
November 15, 2016

St Augustine's pneumatology remains one of his most distinctive, decisive, and ultimately divisive contributions to the story of Christian thought. How did his understanding of the Spirit develop? Why does he identity the Spirit with divine love and cosmic order? And from what personal and...

The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria: Mosaic Philosophy

The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria: Mosaic Philosophy

Kathleen Gibbons
September 12, 2016

In The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria, Kathleen Gibbons proposes a new approach to Clement’s moral philosophy and explores how his construction of Christianity’s relationship with Jewishness informed, and was informed by, his philosophical project. As one of the earliest Christian...

Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century

Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century

Kevin Corrigan
March 18, 2016

Evagrius of Pontus and Gregory of Nyssa have either been overlooked by philosophers and theologians in modern times, or overshadowed by their prominent friend and brother (respectively), Gregory Nazianzus and Basil the Great. Yet they are major figures in the development of Christian thought in...

Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods

Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods

Crystal Addey
September 17, 2014

Why did ancient philosophers consult oracles, write about them, and consider them to be an important part of philosophical thought and practice? This book explores the extensive links between oracles and philosophy in Late Antiquity, particularly focusing on the roles of oracles and other forms of...

Porphyry in Fragments: Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity

Porphyry in Fragments: Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity

Ariane Magny
July 28, 2014

The Greek philosopher Porphyry of Tyre had a reputation as the fiercest critic of Christianity. It was well-deserved: he composed (at the end the 3rd century A.D.) fifteen discourses against the Christians, so offensive that Christian emperors ordered them to be burnt. We thus rely on the...

Individuality in Late Antiquity

Individuality in Late Antiquity

Alexis Torrance, Johannes Zachhuber
February 28, 2014

Late antiquity is increasingly recognised as a period of important cultural transformation. One of its crucial aspects is the emergence of a new awareness of human individuality. In this book an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars documents and analyses this development. Authors...

Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries

Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries

Mark Edwards
January 28, 2013

Christianity proclaims Christ and the incarnate word of God; the Bible is described as the Word of God in both Jewish and Christian tradition. Are these usages merely homonymous, or would the ancients have recognized a more intimate relation between the word incarnate and the word proclaimed? This...

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