New PDF release: The Demiurge in Ancient Thought: Secondary Gods and Divine

By Carl Séan O'Brien

How was once the realm generated and the way does subject remain ordered in order that the area can proceed functioning? Questions like those have existed so long as humanity has been in a position to rational inspiration. In antiquity, Plato's Timaeus brought the concept that of the Demiurge, or Craftsman-god, to reply to them. This lucid and wide-ranging e-book argues that the concept that of the Demiurge was once hugely influential at the many discussions working in center Platonist, Gnostic, airtight and Christian contexts within the first 3 centuries advert. It explores key metaphysical difficulties reminiscent of the starting place of evil, the connection among topic and the 1st precept and the deployment of ever-increasing numbers of secondary deities to insulate the 1st precept from the practical international. It additionally makes a speciality of the reducing value of demiurgy in Neoplatonism, with its postulation of procession and return.

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