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A philosophical-theological work, running to five books, written by the continental Irish scholar known as John Scottus Eriugena (fl. 9th century). The Periphyseon, deeply influenced by Eriugena’s engagement with Greek Christian authors, is a. Eriugena’s Dialectical Ontology in the First Book of his Periphyseon (De divisione naturae), with an annotated bibliography.

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Thus, in a four terms: God’s mind, understood as the logos or verbumcontains in one undivided Form all the reasons for every individual thing.

John Scottus Eriugena

The importance of i 2 in the transmission of the text is playfully depicted in the picture below. Gale and Floss had published editions that combined into a single text both the text of the main body of the manuscript and the various marginal annotations in different hands.

The whole spatio-temporal world and our corporeal bodies are a consequence of the Fall, an emanation of the mind. Notes 1 The most useful books providing a general introduction to Eriugena’s life and works are Cappuyns [] and Moran [].

periphyseoj Tadeo rated it liked it Jan 28, Eriugena’s uniqueness lies in the fact that, quite remarkably for a scholar in Western Europe in the Carolingian era, he had considerable familiarity with the Greek language, affording him access to the Greek Christian theological tradition, from the Cappadocians to Gregory of Nyssa, hitherto almost entirely unknown in the Latin West.

Elsewhere, Eriugena calls these ‘primordial causes’ causae primordiales.

John Scottus Eriugena (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Published by Dumbarton Oaks first published December Theory and History of Ontology My other websites: John rated it it was amazing Jan 31, We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. This mode illustrates Eriugena’s original way of dissolving the traditional Neoplatonic hierarchy of being into a dialectic of affirmation and negation: Inthe long-lost work was found at Oxford Universityand was immediately placed on the ‘ Index of Forbidden Books ‘, a turn of events which likely actually spurred its popularity.


Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. Eriugena adopts Gregory of Nyssa’s view that sexual difference is a result of the Fall, that the real Fall is the fall from intellect into sense, intellect distracted by the voluptuousness of sense.

Johannes Scottus Eriugena: Periphyseon

Nathan Modlin rated it liked it Oct 25, Matter is a commingling of incorporeal qualities which the mind mistakenly takes to be corporeal; spatiotemporal reality is a consequence of the seduction of the mind by the senses, which eruugena the true Fall of Adam; the body itself is an externalisation of peiphyseon secret desires of the mind. In his Homilia Eriugena writes: It is the unity of which all special phenomena are manifestations.

Almost the only images employed are air and light and fire, and these are used in contexts suggesting rarefaction and incandescence. For the creature subsists in God, and God is created in the creature in a wonderful and ineffable way, making himself manifest, invisible making himself visible.

Here Eriugena’s sources may all have been Latin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Basically, there can’t be “nothing”; it must manifest as “something. But locus, quantitasand situs s are accidents of essentiaand therefore cannot be self-sufficient subjects. You don’t see many of them these days. Latina interpretatio Iohannis Scotti Eriugenae.


How are we to interpret Eriugena’s philosophy? With this long section on locus and tempus the interpolated treatise comes to an end, for the passage on eriugenna and pati which follows is concerned with the question whether these two Categories may be predicated of God, and therefore belongs to the main body of the Appendix. Giovanni Scoto nel suo tempo: The fifth mode offered by Eriugena is essentially theological and applies solely to humans: This semiotic analysis is applied to metaphysics when species 1 is petiphyseon with God as the beginning of the cosmic process, species 2 with the reasons or Ideas, species 3 with the effects of the reasons or Ideas, and species 4 with God as end of the cosmic process According to this mode, actual things, which are the effects of the causes, have being, whereas those things which are still virtual in the Primary Causes e.

Eriugena explains that reason is necessary to understand and interpret revelation. Eriugena was assisted erjugena one, possibly two other persons in writing the book, based on the presence of margin notes indicating the penmanship of two separate persons.


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