Sunday, January 30, 2011
more subsection outlines
1. Crofton Black on importance of Proclus in Heptaplus
2. Edelheit? Proclus gets the most conclusions -- digesting sentences work alone impressive philosophical contribution, but he's interpreting and arranging in meaningful ways, showing us things about his philosophical motivations
3. Pico is looking at "angelology" of Proclus, really what Dionysius took from Proclus and creatively applied to angelology
4. Pico is making creative use of neoplatonism just as Dionysius did.
5. Pico is spinning Proclus by selectively using as source for angelology, theological themes of Dionysius -- just as contemporary scholars spin Proclus as proto-Christian "mystical theology and angelology" in explaining Proclus influence on Dionysius
6. Pico explores theme of participation
7. Syrianus in Plato Conclusions (from Proclus) "theology" confirms Dionysius on CH->EH, more on metaphysics of orders
8. Pico doesn't select theurgic material of Proclus (for whom angelology wasn't a big deal, didn't even use archangel of Iamblichus)
9. Pico uses certain metaphysical principles of Proclus, but doesn't read his metaphysics in Neoplatonic spirit, gives Christianized Proclus translated into angelology and scholastic format philosophical theology
Pico and Neoplatonic angelology
1. Dionysius and logic of triads.
1. Angelology extracted using hermeneutics - Crofton Black
2. development of Angel Mind from Commento
3. development of Angel Comparison from Oration
4. Angelic imperfection (Number) leads to De Ente
1. what it is
2. Dougherty on scholastic forms
3. Craven on interpretations making too much of "hints"
4. Edelheit on Apology, probability vs. faith
5. scholastic angelology
6. Kabbalist angelology
7. Encounter with Neoplatonic angelology less studied than scholastic and kabbalistic strands
8. Influence of Neoplatonists on Dionysian angelology.
9. Dionysius made use of Proclan triads, which Pico studies here.
1. "begins with ontological preoccupation"
2. angelic level of being
3. Angelic Mind is Neoplatonic Intelligible
4. Plotinus vs. Dionysius
5. Angelic Mind as first created thing
6. Angelic Mind and the Forms
7. Angel Comparison in Commento consistent with Oration.
8. (Kabbalah in Commento merely example of esoteric transmission, makes no impact on angel metaphysics--kabbalah is an esoteric source of angel metaphysics)