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Volume 47, Issue 1


The Stoic Doctrine of Oikeiosis and its Transformation in Christian Platonism

Ilaria Ramelli
Published Online: 2014-01-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2012-0063


I investigate how, through which channels, and with what adaptations the Stoic doctrine of oikeiosis was received and transformed by the two main Patristic philosophers, Origen of Alexandria and Gregory Nyssen. I also endeavour to assess how much Gregory’s oikeiosis theory owes to Origen - a great deal, I suspect. In sum, it is Origen who Christianised the doctrine, but Gregory seems to have identified apokatastasis as the Godhead’s oikeiosis or reappropriation of all beings, which belong to it. I contend that these Christian Platonists and other early Christian sources can help to clarify the Stoic oikeiosis doctrine itself, which poses substantial problems and which they received. They even present the technical vocabulary of oikeiosis, which in Hierocles’ non-technical circles passage is absent (and this has raised concerns). Therefore, it is useful to consider their texts when assessing the oikeiosis doctrine at least in Stoicism.

Kywords: oikeiosis doctrine; Stoicism; Patristic Philosophy; Origen; Gregory Nyssen; Philo; Clement; Hierocles

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Published Online: 2014-01-15

Published in Print: 2014-01-01

Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 116–140, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2012-0063.

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