Wednesday, January 26, 2011

more angelology shorts

Corbin: In the strongest possible contrast to this are the Neoplatonic "angelologies" of Avicenna and Suhrawardi,

...which on the contrary assure "a secure foundation for the radical autonomy of the individual."

"being has primacy over the good for Thomas+it is in an Aristotelian sense that he interprets "goodness tends to be diffusive of itself"

"This influence is nonetheless carefully filtered at certain decisive points: forThomas, God is not beyond being...subsistent being itself."

influence of Dionysius on Summa of Aquinas

Chase: In that Christianity has always been syncretic in its formulation of theology, spirituality, and liturgy,

...the fact that Neo-Platonic cosmological views influenced its angelology does not detract

Dante: The Poetics of Conversion, "pseudo-Dionysius transposed this language to angelology, adding a third or oblique"

Dionysius, Celestial Hierarchy, in Christian Mysticism: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Approaches

Pico is trying to solve Aristotle vs. Plato by using Aquinas+Dionysius to build a bridge between Plotinian and Proclan "angelology"

Perl: As in Plotinus, intellect is being itself at its highest, most perfect level.

"in participation of the thearchic impartation" (Celestial Hierarchy IV.2 180A)

"Angels are not merely the highest in a univocal series of beings;

...rather, they are *beings* in the fullest, most complete, and therefore paradigmatic sense." ibid

Eric Perl, "Angelology becomes ontology." Theophany p.70

the Pseudo-Areopagite's elaborate angelology omits the topic of fallen angels

roots of the angelology of Aquinas in Iamblichus

"Iamblichus distinguished divine entities following Aristotle's distinction of Plato's Ideal Numbers and his own Unmoved Movers" G.Shaw p.76

Milton's Neoplatonism is not likely to have come from any one source—neither from Spenser, nor Dante, nor his own interpretation of Plato.

Rahner " the subordination of angelology to Christology (an explicit theme with Paul) does not receive its due"

"It is well known that Neoplatonic demonology and angelology originated with Porphyry."

Angelology has no place in the system of Plotinus. According to Iamblichus, Plato did not consider archangels worth mention

Louth p.37 "A Neo- platonic interest in triads is doubtless in the background."

new edition of Lewy, Chaldaean Oracles and Theurgy

quote below from The Darkness of God: Negativity in Christian Mysticism - Page 118 Denys Turner

Neoplatonism in almost all its Greek+Arabic forms from Proclus onward was an angelology rather than an anthropology in its central interest.

Rough outline of Pico's angel is Dionysius/Aquinas (many cites/silent uses) but there are also the unusual uses he makes of angel philosophy

a superior angel knows more about the types of the Divine works than an inferior angel+concerning these the former enlightens the latter DN4

@EPButler right I'm with you there. so why do Neoplatonist scholars feel justified in using the term angelology? reading as proto-Christian?

Harkness:In his copy of Dionysius, Dee noted that angels were granted divine enlightenment+became responsible for passing arcane information

RT @EPButler Rappe's using "angelology" here to refer to Proclus' discourse about entities HE calls "Gods";that's what I'm calling polemical

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