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Proclus on the Theology of Plato - all six books, plus a seventh by Thomas Taylor

Proclus on the Theology of Plato - all six books, plus a seventh by Thomas Taylor

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Published by Martin Euser
This is the only translation of Proclus masterwork Platonic Theology, consisting of six books plus one added by Thomas Taylor. It is the main work of Proclus and should be studied together with his commentaries on the Timaeus and Parmenides. Its depth can be hardly overrated and you may need to study some textbooks on Proclus such as Lucas Siorvanes "Neo-Platonic Philosophy and science".
Proclus has influenced Western society through his writings, especially by his pupil, the Christian Neoplatonist, called the Pseudo-Dionysius, who incorporated Proclus' names of the celestial hierarchies into his own work.
Johannes Kepler and, possibly, Isaac Newton seem to have studied Proclus' work as well. Newton was deeply versed and interested in alchemy, and wrote more about that than on the integral calculus he developed!
Today, interest in the Neo-Platonic philosophers is on the rise again. Perhaps they can teach us a lesson on ontology, a deeply neglected area of philosophy, which also has a bearing on science. The latter has got stuck in its rudimentary ontology, witness the Alain Aspect experiment and biology's wrestling with complexity (as e.g. seen in the complexity of the information-rich DNA molecule and organization of the cell).
This is the only translation of Proclus masterwork Platonic Theology, consisting of six books plus one added by Thomas Taylor. It is the main work of Proclus and should be studied together with his commentaries on the Timaeus and Parmenides. Its depth can be hardly overrated and you may need to study some textbooks on Proclus such as Lucas Siorvanes "Neo-Platonic Philosophy and science".
Proclus has influenced Western society through his writings, especially by his pupil, the Christian Neoplatonist, called the Pseudo-Dionysius, who incorporated Proclus' names of the celestial hierarchies into his own work.
Johannes Kepler and, possibly, Isaac Newton seem to have studied Proclus' work as well. Newton was deeply versed and interested in alchemy, and wrote more about that than on the integral calculus he developed!
Today, interest in the Neo-Platonic philosophers is on the rise again. Perhaps they can teach us a lesson on ontology, a deeply neglected area of philosophy, which also has a bearing on science. The latter has got stuck in its rudimentary ontology, witness the Alain Aspect experiment and biology's wrestling with complexity (as e.g. seen in the complexity of the information-rich DNA molecule and organization of the cell).

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Proclus DiadochusOn the Theology of Plato
Translated by Thomas Taylor,with an added seventh book from collected material electronic edition, 2010,meuser.awardspace.com
 
Thomas Taylor'sintroductiontoProclus"On the Theology of Plato"
 
Introduction to the electronic edition of Proclus work "On the Theology of Plato".
The following text pertains to the lengthy
introduction
of Thomas Taylor on Proclus'work "On the theology of Plato".Taylor gives a nice summary of some key tenets of the universal philosophy of ancientcivilization, notably Middle-Eastern and Greek. Those civilizations recognized theuniverse as an organism that is alive.They acknowledged The One principle of principles, out of which arises severalsuccessive orders of being. These are six in total, as is beautifully outlined in the studentedition "Beyond the Shadows", published by Prometheus Trust, an organization that is dedicated to promulgating the translations of Thomas Taylor of the famous Greek and NeoPlatonic authors of old.The "six causes", mentioned by Proclus in his writings, are also elucidated in the above booklet. Being an important refinement of Aristotle's four causes, these give enough foodfor thought to ground a whole new science that is truly holistic in scope and intent!The knowledge and insights expressed by Proclus cannot be overestimated. Whendigested properly, it can help reorient our perplexed civilization, so out of touch withnature and deeper feelings, to the Spirit within each of us, and, give help to the lost ones.Without the guiding Light of Reason, or,
true understanding,
the world may very wellspiral to self-destruction, caused by wrong beliefs, economic over-exploitation,materialistic philosophy, etc.There are two more books on Proclus that I can recommend. One is from Rosán, also published by Prometheus Trust. The other is the excellent book by Lucas Siorvanes. Thelatter has published an in-depth study of Proclus. You may be able to procure a second-hand copy of it. It will certainly deepen your understanding of Proclus considerably andmake this book easier to digest. The work of G.R.S. Mead should also be mentioned. Hisstudy on Orphic theology, which forms the basis of Platonic theology, has been publishedin electronic format by me. Seehttp://www.scribd.com/meuser.and www.archive.orgOn my scribd channel I also am publishing other works of Proclus.Lastly, Proclus Elements of Theology can be found on scribd as well.In that book Proclus systematically develops his ontology.As a help to understanding the following text, keep in mind that the words:
 Animal 
is generally descriptive of an ensouled being; from planets to the simplestorganism that can move itself.

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