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This volume investigates Proclus' own thought and his wide-ranging influence within late Neoplatonic, Alexandrine and Byzantinian philosophy and theology. It further explores how Procline metaphysics and doctrines of causality influence and transition into Arabic and Islamic thought, up until Richard Hooker in England, Spinoza in Holland and Pico in Italy. John Dillon provides a helpful overview of Proclus' thought, Harold Tarrant discusses Proclus' influence within Alexandrian philosophy and Tzvi Langermann presents ground breaking work on the Jewish reception of Proclus, focusing on the work of Joseph Solomon Delmedigo (1591-1655), while Stephen Gersh presents a comprehensive synopsis of Proclus' reception throughout Christendom. The volume also presents works from notable scholars like Helen Lang, Sarah Wear and Crystal Addey and has a considerable strength in its presentation of Pseudo-Dionysius, Proclus' transmission and development in Arabic philosophy and the problem of the eternity of the world. It will be important for anyone interested in the development and transition of ideas from the late ancient world onwards.
Danielle A. Layne, Gonzaga University, Spokane WA, USA; David D. Butorac, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey.
"Stephen Gersh’ excellent first contribution on “Proclus in the History of Philosophy: Construction and Deconstruction” (17–31) sets the tone for this volume. It explains the reason why Proclus gains prominence at our time. [...] All in all, this volume significantly promotes international Proclus and Neoplatonist scholarship. [...] the reader cannot help but be thankful for the careful attention in all essays in this book reviewed here to the available textual basis of Proclus’ writings and all other primary and secondary sources in his “legacy”."Rolf Ahlers in: Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter 20 (2017), 222–247
"The present collection of essays, immense in scope [...] gives us a taste of exactly how broad the influence of Proclus was. [...] On balance, there is something in this volume for anyone with more than a passing interest in Proclus and the connection between the ancient philosophical period and its successors."Lloyd P. Gerson in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.03.32
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