Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity

London: Routledge (2019)

Authors
Eyjolfur Emilsson
University of Oslo
Panagiotis G. Pavlos
University of Oslo
Torstein Tollefsen
University of Oslo
Abstract
Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity examines the various ways in which Christian intellectuals engaged with Platonism both as a pagan competitor and as a source of philosophical material useful to the Christian faith. The chapters are united in their goal to explore transformations that took place in the reception and interaction process between Platonism and Christianity in this period. The contributions in this volume explore the reception of Platonic material in Christian thought, showing that the transmission of cultural content is always mediated, and ought to be studied as a transformative process by way of selection and interpretation. Some chapters also deal with various aspects of the wider discussion on how Platonic, and Hellenic, philosophy and early Christian thought related to each other, examining the differences and common ground between these traditions. Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity offers an insightful and broad ranging study on the subject, which will be of interest to students of both philosophy and theology in the Late Antique period, as well as anyone working on the reception and history of Platonic thought, and the development of Christian thought.
Keywords Platonism  Late Antiquity  Christian thought  Metaphysics  Cosmology  Epistemology  Ethics  Ancient philosophy, Late Antiquity, Early Christianity and Byzantium, Metaphysics, Cosmology, Ethics, Classics, Patristics
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