Metaphors of Closeness : Reflections on 'Homoiosis Theoi' in Ancient Philosophy and Beyond

Numen 60:54-70 (2013)

Abstract

It is often assumed that a single, diachronically persistent motif of imitating god can be identifijied in Ancient philosophy and early Christianity. The present article takes issue with this assumption and seeks to establish the conceptual framework for a more sophisticated discussion of homoiôsis. The article identifijies eight crucial junctures at which homoiôsis stories can diverge. For all the variance of homoiôsis narratives, the category of imitation of the divine remains a useful analytical tool. The article supports this claim by a comparison of Platonic and Stoic narratives of homoiôsis. It established their distinctness and shows how the rhetoric of imitating the divine offfers important linguistic markers that allow us to trace the transgressive potential of (ancient) theologies.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2014-08-21

Downloads
33 (#350,300)

6 months
3 (#198,075)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Christoph Jedan
University of Groningen

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

After the Ascent: Plato on Becoming Like God.John M. Armstrong - 2004 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 26:171-183.
Socrates and Godlikeness in Plato’s Theaetetus.Zina Giannopoulou - 2011 - Journal of Philosophical Research 36:135-148.
Schêma in Plato's Definition of Imitation.R. Rabel - 1996 - Ancient Philosophy 16 (1):996.
Imitation as a Conjunction.Cecilia Heyes - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (1):28-29.