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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Brown, Jacqueline, and William P. Refresh and try again. Indeed there are many places where Eriugena cites texts e. Online Database and e-Resources for Celtic Studies. Book Five is still scheduled to appear. With this long section on peirphyseon and tempus the interpolated treatise comes to an end, for the passage on agere 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.

John Scottus Eriugena (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Part of a series on. Presented in the form of a dialogue between erjugena and student, it develops a Neoplatonic cosmology that classifies nature natura according to two main questions: Drawing on eriuena negative theology, Eriugena argues that God does not even belong to the first category, that of ousia substance or essence as Augustine had held. Despite the claims of some nineteenth-century commentators, it is now clear that Eriugena did not have direct knowledge of the writings of Plotinus, Porphyry or Proclus.


This clearly implies that humanity as a whole, that is, resurrected human nature in its perfected state will be truly illuminated and merged with the divine, for human nature itself in its very essence is the intellectus omnium. Temporal Effects, created things ; that which is neither created nor creates i. Daniel Taylor marked it as to-read Dec 20, Eriugena’s masterpiece is undoubtedly the Periphyseon written c.

Echoing similar divisions in Augustine De civitate Dei Bk. However, systematic studies of his thought Beierwaltes, Gersh, Moran have also recognized him as a highly original metaphysician and speculative thinker of the first rank whose work transcends the limitations of his age and mode of expression.

John Scottus Eriugena

Eriugena has two answers: Juan Fernando marked it as to-read Nov 22, God, as creator, constitutes 1 ; the primordial causes — which are both like Platonic Ideas and the Stoic seminal reasons Epriphyseon learnt about in Augustine’s Literal Commentary on Genesis erlugena make up 2 ; 3 is the created world of men, animals and things and 4like 1is identified with God, but God as the Final Cause to which all things return. Within this appendix there periphyeson a long digression which deals with the first eight Categories in greater detail.

Nathan Modlin rated it liked it Oct 25, The four species of Nature B Berk rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Eriugena’s major dialogue, Periphyseonalso entitled in some manuscripts, De divisione naturae [On the Division of Nature], was probably begun in the early s, just after he had completed the Pseudo-Dionysius translation, and finished around the date Wulfad, to whom the work is dedicated, became bishop, making it unlikely that Eriugena would have referred to him leriphyseon fraterbrother, after his consecration as bishop.


Paul at Athens, but was more likely a late fifth or early sixth-century Christian follower of Proclus.

God creates out of himself a se and all creation remains within him. In other words, a particular level may be affirmed to be real by those on a lower or on the same level, but the one above it is thought not to be real in the same way.

University of Notre Dame Press, It is Formlessness; It is not Formlessness.

Eriugena’s thought is best understood as a sustained attempt to create a consistent, systematic, Christian Neoplatonism from diverse but primarily Christian sources. Irish University Press In cosmological terms, however, God and the creature are one and the same:.

Colin Heber-Percy added it Jan 20, Book I is mainly devoted to showing that God does not belong to any of Aristotle’s ten categories. The corpus of Eriugena’s work is considerable commentaries, translations and original works, all making up one ponderous volume number of Migne’s Patrologia Latina. Westra, Haijo Jan [ed. We are compelled to envisage this eternal process under the form of time, to apply temporal distinctions to that which is extra- or supra-temporal.