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  1. Edward P. Butler (2011). Plato's Gods and the Way of Ideas. Diotima 39:73-87.
  2. Edward Butler (2013). Opening the Way of Writing: Semiotic Metaphysics in the Book of Thoth. In April DeConick, Gregory Shaw & John Turner (eds.), Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson. Brill 215-247.
  3. Edward P. Butler (2012). The Third Intelligible Triad and the Intellective Gods. Méthexis. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia Antica / International Journal for Ancient Philosophy 25:131-150.
    Completing the systematic henadological interpretation of Proclus' Platonic Theology begun in "The Intelligible Gods in the Platonic Theology of Proclus" (Méthexis 21, 2008, pp. 131-143) and "The Second Intelligible Triad and the Intelligible-Intellective Gods" (Methexis 23, 2010, pp. 137-157), the present article concerns the conditions of the emergence of fully mediated, diacritical multiplicity out of the polycentric henadic manifold. The product of the activity of the intellective Gods (that is, the product of the intellective activity of Gods as such), in (...)
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  4. Edward P. Butler (2008). The Intelligible Gods in the Platonic Theology of Proclus. Méthexis 21:131-143.
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  5. Edward P. Butler (2010). The Second Intelligible Triad and the Intelligible-Intellective Gods. Méthexis 23:137-157.
    Continuing the systematic henadological interpretation of Proclus' Platonic Theology begun in "The Intelligible Gods in the Platonic Theology of Proclus" (Methexis 21, 2008, pp. 131-143), the present article treats of the basic characteristics of intelligible-intellective (or noetico-noeric) multiplicity and its roots in henadic individuality. Intelligible-intellective multiplicity (the hypostasis of Life) is at once a universal organization of Being in its own right, and also transitional between the polycentric henadic manifold, in which each individual is immediately productive of absolute Being, and (...)
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    Edward Butler (2014). Animal and Paradigm in Plato. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (2):311-323.
    The paradigm according to which the cosmos is ordered by the demiurge is characterized in the Timaeus as ‘Animal Itself,’ while παράδειγμα in the vision of Er from the Republic denotes the patterns of lives chosen by individual humans and other animals. The essay seeks to grasp the animality of the paradigm, as well as the paradigmatic nature of animality, by means of the homology discernible between these usages. This inquiry affirms the value within a Platonic doctrine of principles of (...)
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    Edward P. Butler (2015). Transformation and Individuation in Giordano Bruno's Monadology. SOCRATES 3 (2).
    The essay explores the systematic relationship in the work of Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) between his monadology, his metaphysics as presented in works such as De la causa, principio et uno, the mythopoeic cosmology of Lo spaccio de la bestia trionfante, and practical works like De vinculis in genere. Bruno subverts the conceptual regime of the Aristotelian substantial forms and its accompanying cosmology with a metaphysics of individuality that privileges individual unity (singularity) over formal unity and particulars over substantial forms without (...)
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    Edward Butler (2008). Reading Neoplatonism. [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 23 (1):199-200.
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  9. Edward P. Butler (2015). Universality and Locality in Platonic Polytheism. Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork 1 (2).
    In a famous quote reported by his biographer Marinus, Proclus says that a philosopher should be like a “priest of the whole world in common”. This essay examines what this universality of the philosopher’s religious practice entails, first with reference to Marinus’ testimony concerning Proclus’ own devotional life, and then with respect to the systematic Platonic understanding of divine ‘locality’. The result is, first, that the philosopher’s ‘universality’ is at once more humble than it sounds, and more far-reaching; and second, (...)
     
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    Edward P. Butler (2008). Polycentric Polytheism and the Philosophy of Religion. Pomegranate 10 (2):207-229.
    The comparison drawn by the Neoplatonist Olympiodorus between the Stoic doctrine of the reciprocal implication of the virtues and the Neoplatonic doctrine of the presence of all the gods in each helps to elucidate the latter. In particular, the idea of primary and secondary “perspectives” in each virtue, when applied to Neoplatonic theology, can clarify certain theoretical statements made by Proclus in his Cratylus commentary concerning specific patterns of inherence of deities in one another. More broadly, the “polycentric” nature of (...)
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    Edward P. Butler (2012). Theophrastus On First Principles. [REVIEW] Ancient Philosophy 32 (1):211-213.
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    Edward P. Butler (2005). Polytheism and Individuality in the Henadic Manifold. Dionysius 23:83-103.
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    Edward P. Butler (2005). The Theological Interpretation of Myth. Pomegranate 7 (1):27-41.
    This article seeks in the Platonic philosophers of late antiquity insights applicable to a new discipline, the philosophy of Pagan religion. An impor¬tant element of any such discipline would be a method of mythological hermeneutics that could be applied cross-culturally. The article draws par¬ticular elements of this method from Sallust and Olympiodorus. Sallust’s five modes of the interpretation of myth (theological, physical, psychical, material and mixed) are discussed, with one of them, the theological, singled out for its applicability to all (...)
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    Edward Butler (2001). Reading Neoplatonism: Non-Discursive Thinking in the Texts of Plotinus, Proclus, and Damascius. [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 23 (1):199-200.
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    Edward P. Butler (2008). The Gods and Being in Proclus. Dionysius 26:93-114.
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    Edward Butler (2002). The Iconic Logic of Peirce's Graphs. [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 23 (2):233-234.
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    Edward P. Butler (2012). Parmenides Adluri Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy. Return From Transcendence. Pp. Xviii + 212. London and New York: Continuum, 2011. Cased, £65. ISBN: 978-0-8264-5753-0. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 62 (2):361-363.
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    Edward P. Butler (2007). On Dialogue. [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 28 (2):167-176.
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    Edward P. Butler (2010). Edward C. Halper, One and Many in Aristotle's Metaphysics: Books Alpha-Delta. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 30 (3):196-198.
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    Edward P. Butler (2003). Living in Agreement (Review Of: The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics). [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 24 (2):147-160.
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  21. Edward P. Butler (2011). Damascius' Problems and Solutions Concerning First Principles. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 31 (3):199-202.
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  22. Edward Butler (2009). David Jones, Ed., Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 29 (5):347.
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  23. Edward P. Butler (2014). Esoteric City: Theological Hermeneutics in Plato's Republic. Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies 5:95-104.
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    Edward Butler (2012). Essays on a Polytheistic Philosophy of Religion. Phaidra Editions.
    These essays lay the groundwork for a practice of philosophical inquiry adequate to polytheistic or "Pagan" religious traditions, including in particular the non-reductive hermeneutics of myth and the theory of the polycentric divine manifold. Includes the previously published articles "The Theological Interpretation of Myth" and "Polycentric Polytheism and the Philosophy of Religion", as well as the previously unpublished essays "Neoplatonism and Polytheism" and "A Theological Exegesis of the Iliad, Book One".
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  25. Edward P. Butler (2007). On Dialogue, by Dmitri Nikulin (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005). [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 28 (2):167-176.
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  26. Edward P. Butler (2015). Sea of Dissimilitude: Poseidon and Platonism. In Rebecca Buchanan (ed.), From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea. Bibliotheca Alexandrina 213-235.
  27. Edward P. Butler (2014). Time and the Heroes. Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork 1 (1):23-44.
    The Platonist Proclus (c. 412-485 CE) identifies the procession of the angels, daimons, and heroes as operating three universal temporal potencies through which we experience time in the forms of past, present, and future, respectively. This essay explicates the Proclean doctrine of the three forms of time in its context within his system and its wider implications, with particular reference to the form of temporality associated with the heroes. Proclus’ schematic account of heroic temporality offers a systematic metaphysical framework for (...)
     
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  28. Edward P. Butler (2013). The Henadic Origin of Procession in Damascius. Dionysius 31.
     
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    Edward P. Butler (2004). The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus. Dissertation, New School University
    This dissertation seeks to demonstrate that Proclus articulates a metaphysics not merely compatible with his polytheism, but to which in fact polytheism is integral. For Proclus the One Itself, which according to the First Hypothesis of the Parmenides neither is, nor is one, is instead as each henad, that is, as each God. The henads or Gods thus form a multiplicity unlike any other. Ontic multiplicities always exhibit mediation, in accord with a logic subordinating the many to the one. Correlatively, (...)
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