By Panayiotis Tzamalikos
Origen has been consistently studied as a theologian and an excessive amount of credits has been given to Eusebius’ fantastic hagiography of him. This booklet explores who Origen quite was once, by means of considering into his philosophical historical past, which determines his theological exposition implicitly, but decisively. For this history to return to mild, it took a ground-breaking exposition of Anaxagoras’ philosophy and its legacy to Classical and past due Antiquity (Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Origen, Neoplatonism), assessing significantly Aristotle’s distorted illustration of Anaxagoras. Origen, previously a Greek thinker of word, whom Proclus styled an anti-Platonist, is put within the heritage of philosophy for the 1st time. via drawing on his Anaxagorean heritage, and being the 1st to restore the Anaxagorean concept of Logoi, he cleared the path to Nicaea. He was once an anti-Platonist simply because he was once an Anaxagorean thinker with far-reaching impression, additionally on Neoplatonists comparable to Porphyry. His theology made an influence not just at the Cappadocians, but in addition on later Christian authors. His thought of the soul, now expounded within the gentle of his philosophical history, seems extra orthodox than that of a few Christian stars of the Byzantine imperial orthodoxy.
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