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THE THEOLOGICAL CONTROVERSY BETWEEN EUNOMIUS AND BASIL THE GREAT: A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH

Christos Terezis / Spyros P. Panagopoulos
Published Online: 2014-02-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/perc-2013-0001

ABSTRACT

In this paper we examine an aspect of the conflict between Eunomius of Cyzicus and Basil the Great, as it referred to supreme dogmatic matters, such as the relationships between the Persons of the Holy Trinity. This theological rupture appears in a period, during which Christian doctrines are composed at advanced levels of maturity, also with the development among other things of impressive leaps toward which had been attempted by Origen, who was basically also the founder of Christian Hermeneutics. We refer to the basic concept of the conflict, namely the epinoia, and we set it off through the ontological-epistemological knowledge-contrast of realism-idealism. Our research programme is based in part on the historical element, par excellence on the systematic. As to the specific object of analysis, our report will be limited to an outline text of Basil of Caesarea and our aim will be to draw it out in its full development, from one expression to the next. This is the sixth chapter of the first book from the treatise Against Eunomius.

KEYWORDS: Eunomius of Cyzicus; Basil the Great; epinoia; idealism; realism

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About the article

Christos Terezis

CHRISTOS TEREZIS is a Professor of Ancient Greek and Byzantine Philosophy, as well as Proctor of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Patras, Greece. His main research interests are Neoplatonism (Proclus, Damascius, Syrianus) and Byzantine Philosophy and Theology (Maximus the Confessor, Dionysius the Areopagite). He is the author of over one hundred articles and six books

Spyros P. Panagopoulos

SPYROS P. PANAGOPOULOS is an independent scholar of Byzantine and Patristic studies in Patras, Greece, having studied Philology and Philosophy at the city’s university. His research interests include Byzantine Philology, History, and Art, Patristics, and Church History until the fifteenth century. Having been invited to lecture in over thirty conferences and workshops in Greece and abroad, he is the author of two dozen academic papers and three monographs pending publication.


Published Online: 2014-02-13

Published in Print: 2013-06-01


Citation Information: Perichoresis, ISSN (Online) 2284-7308, ISSN (Print) 1224-984X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/perc-2013-0001.

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