Call for Papers: Neoplatonism and Christianity in Byzantium : Dialogue, Appropriation, Refutation (Lisboa, 16-21 de junio)



Nos hacemos eco de la invitación de Sergei Mariev a participar en una mesa redonda dedicada a la filosofía en Bizancio en el marco de la conferencia del ISNS en
Lisboa, del 16 al 21 de junio de 2014. La publicación de la mesa redonda está programada en la serie Byzantinisches Archiv de Walter De Gruyter.


Deadline for submission of proposals: 24th of February, 2014
Neoplatonism and Christianity in Byzantium: Dialogue, Appropriation, Refutation
Sergei Mariev (s.mariev@lmu.de)

During the Early Byzantine period (4th-7th centuries AD)
Platonism, on the one hand, significantly contributed to the development
of Christian doctrines and, on the other hand, remained a rival world
view that was perceived by Christian thinkers as a serious threat to
their own intellectual identity. This problematic relationship was to
become even more complex during  the following centuries. The Byzantines
made numerous attempts to harmonize Neoplatonic doctrines with
Christianity as well as to criticize, refute and even condemn them. The
panel aims  to explore the complexity of the relationship between the
Neoplatonic heritage and Christian doctrines in Byzantium. We  seek
contributions that examine various attempts to integrate (Ps.-Dionysios,
Bessarion) and to refute (John Philoponos, Nicholas of Methone)
Neoplatonic doctrines throughout the entire Byzantine period (4th to
15th centuries). The panel also welcomes contributions that investigate
the relationship between Neoplatonism and Christianity within such
Byzantine authors as Michael Psellos and John Italos who do not fit
easily into a simplistic scheme of opposition between the two rival
world views but require new and more sophisticated methodological
approaches.

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