Plato and Theodoret: The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (2008)
In late antiquity Plato's philosophy became a battlefield between the competing discourses and rival intellectual paradigms represented by Hellenism and Christianity. Focusing on Theodoret of Cyrrhus' Graecarum Affectionum Curatio, Dr Siniossoglou examines the philosophical, rhetorical and political dimensions of the Neoplatonic-Christian conflict of interpretations over Plato. He shows that the apologist's aim was to procure a radical shift in Hellenic intellectual identity through the appropriation of Platonic concepts and terminology. The apologetical strategies of appropriation are confronted with the perspective of the intended audience, the Hellenic elite, by means of comparative discourse analysis. The outcome is a reconstruction of a vital trial of strength between Neoplatonic hermeneutics and the Christian rhetorical mode of rewriting Plato. The volume concludes that the fundamental Hellenic-Christian opposition outweighed any linguistic merging that might have occurred between the two systems, and that this opposition outlived the dominance of Christianity in late antique society and politics
|Keywords||Platonists Hellenism Christianity Church history Philosophy and religion|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$52.15 new (48% off) $74.95 used (26% off) $99.99 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||BR65.T753.S56 2008|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Marjorie Reeves (ed.) (1999). Christian Thinking and Social Order: Conviction Politics From the 1930s to the Present Day. Cassell.
Victoria Nichole Voytko (1997). Jaroslav Pelican, Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter with Hellenism. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 41 (3):184-186.
Val A. McInnes (ed.) (1993). New Visions: Historical and Theological Perspectives on the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Crossroad.
Jacob Neusner (1997). The Intellectual Foundations of Christian and Jewish Discourse: The Philosophy of Religious Argument. Routledge.
Jerry Dell Ehrlich (2001). Plato's Gift to Christianity: The Gentile Preparation for and the Making of the Christian Faith. Academic Christian Press.
Paolo di Leo (2011). Theodoret (N.) Siniossoglou Plato and Theodoret. The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance. Pp. Xii + 267. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cased, £58, US$97. ISBN: 978-0-521-88073-2. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 61 (02):445-447.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads19 ( #102,800 of 1,679,396 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,757 of 1,679,396 )
How can I increase my downloads?