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Byzantine Theology and its Philosophical Background

A. Rigo (ed.)
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IX+229 p., 1 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2012
ISBN: 978-2-503-54403-8
Languages: English, French, German
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Since Byzantium never saw a consistent and definitive attempt at determining the status of philosophy and theology the way Western scholasticism did, the relationship between them in the Greek-speaking medieval world has always been regarded as a problematic issue. The essays contained in this volume work from the assumption that philosophy in Byzantium was not a monolithic doctrinal tradition, but related to a manifold set of intellectual phenomena, institutional frameworks, doctrines, and text traditions that influenced the theological literature in different ways according to the different manifestations and facets of philosophy itself.

Antonio Rigo is Professor of Byzantine Philology and Christianity at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari. His research focuses on religious life in Byzantium, with special emphasis on ascetical and mystical literature, heresiology, and theology during the Paleologan period.

Table of Contents



Katerina Ierodiakonou, Foreword: Byzantine Theology and its Philosphical Background

Georgi Kapriev, Was hat die Philosophie mit der Theologie zu tun? Der Fall Byzanz

Paul Géhin, Sur une expression des «Chapitres sur la prière» d’Evagre le Pontique: «Vis selon l’intellect»

Valery Petroff, Plato’s Phaedrus and Neoplatonic Teaching on Dissimilar Symbols and Sacred Fiction in the Corpus Areopagiticum

John A. Demetracopoulos, In Search of the Pagan and Christian Sources of John of Damascus’ Theodicy: Ammonius, the Son of Hermeias, Stephanus of Athens and John Chrysostom on God’s Foreknowledge and Predestination and Man’s Freewill

Brigitte Mondrain, Copier et lire des manuscrits théologiques et philosophiques à Byzance

Michele Trizio, «Una è la verità che pervade ogni cosa». La sapienza profana nelle opere perdute di Barlaam Calabro  

Oleg Rodionov, The Chapters of Kallistos Angelikoudes. The Relationship of the separate Series and their main Theological Themes.

John Monfasani, The Pro-Latin Apologetics of Greek Émigrés in Fifteenth Century Italy

Pavel Ermilov, F. Uspenskij and his Critics in Late Nineteenth Century Russia: a debate concerning Byzantine philosophy

Peter Schreiner, Hans-Georg Beck und die byzantinische Theologie: zum 100. Geburtstag eines großen Gelehrten


Interest Classification:
History of Philosophy (general)
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Eastern Fathers
Christian Church : Institutional History
Eastern & Orthodox Churches (from c. 312)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Religious history

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