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Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity


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The Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity series focuses on major theologians, not as representatives of a 'tradition', whether Christian or classical, but as individuals immersed in the intellectual culture of their day. Each book concentrates on the arguments, not merely the opinions, of a single Christian writer or group of writers from the period A.D 100-600 and compares and contrasts these arguments with those of pagan contemporaries who addressed similar questions.

By study of political, social, and cultural milieu, contributors to the series show what external factos led to the convergence or divergence of Christianity and pagan thought in particular localities or periods. Pagan and Christian teachings are set out in a clear and systematic form, making it possible to bring to light the true originality of the author's thought and to estimate the value of his work for modern times.

This high profile research series offers an important contribution to areas of contemporary research in the patristic period, as well as providing new links into later periods, particularly the Medieval and Reformation.

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Evagrius and Gregory Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century

Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century

1st Edition

By Kevin Corrigan
December 19, 2019

Evagrius of Pontus and Gregory of Nyssa have either been overlooked by philosophers and theologians in modern times, or overshadowed by their prominent friend and brother (respectively), Gregory Nazianzus and Basil the Great. Yet they are major figures in the development of Christian thought in ...

Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism Oracles of the Gods

Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods

1st Edition

By Crystal Addey
December 18, 2019

Why did ancient philosophers consult oracles, write about them, and consider them to be an important part of philosophical thought and practice? This book explores the extensive links between oracles and philosophy in Late Antiquity, particularly focusing on the roles of oracles and other forms of ...

The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria Mosaic Philosophy

The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria: Mosaic Philosophy

1st Edition

By Kathleen Gibbons
December 12, 2019

In The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria, Kathleen Gibbons proposes a new approach to Clement’s moral philosophy and explores how his construction of Christianity’s relationship with Jewishness informed, and was informed by, his philosophical project. As one of the earliest Christian ...

Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity

Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity

1st Edition

Edited By Panagiotis G. Pavlos, Lars Fredrik Janby, Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, Torstein Theodor Tollefsen
June 25, 2019

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 ...

Aristotle and Early Christian Thought

Aristotle and Early Christian Thought

1st Edition

By Mark Edwards
March 08, 2019

In studies of early Christian thought, ‘philosophy’ is often a synonym for ‘Platonism’, or at most for ‘Platonism and Stoicism’. Nevertheless, it was Aristotle who, from the sixth century AD to the Italian Renaissance, was the dominant Greek voice in Christian, Muslim and Jewish philosophy. ...

Porphyry in Fragments Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity

Porphyry in Fragments: Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity

1st Edition

By Ariane Magny
February 19, 2018

The Greek philosopher Porphyry of Tyre had a reputation as the fiercest critic of Christianity. It was well-deserved: he composed (at the end the 3rd century A.D.) fifteen discourses against the Christians, so offensive that Christian emperors ordered them to be burnt. We thus rely on the ...

Individuality in Late Antiquity

Individuality in Late Antiquity

1st Edition

By Alexis Torrance, Johannes Zachhuber
February 12, 2018

Late antiquity is increasingly recognised as a period of important cultural transformation. One of its crucial aspects is the emergence of a new awareness of human individuality. In this book an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars documents and analyses this development. Authors ...

Clothed in the Body Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era

Clothed in the Body: Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era

1st Edition

By Hannah Hunt
May 22, 2017

Hunt examines the apparent paradox that Jesus' earthly existence and post resurrection appearances are experienced through consummately physical actions and attributes yet some ascetics within the Christian tradition appear to seek to deny the value of the human body, to find it deadening of ...

The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology Contextualizing Augustine's Pneumatology

The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine's Pneumatology

1st Edition

By Chad Tyler Gerber
November 15, 2016

St Augustine's pneumatology remains one of his most distinctive, decisive, and ultimately divisive contributions to the story of Christian thought. How did his understanding of the Spirit develop? Why does he identity the Spirit with divine love and cosmic order? And from what personal and ...

Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries

Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries

1st Edition

By Mark Edwards
January 28, 2013

Christianity proclaims Christ and the incarnate word of God; the Bible is described as the Word of God in both Jewish and Christian tradition. Are these usages merely homonymous, or would the ancients have recognized a more intimate relation between the word incarnate and the word proclaimed? This ...

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