For readers of our blog, Daniel and I are working on a bibliography on divine simplcity, christology, triadology, free will and other topics we discuss here. Please post recommendations in the comments section, specifically those beyond the obvious.


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8 Responses to Bibliography

  1. John Stamps says:

    As a follow up comment, I see from John Jones’ web page that he has published two articles on the essence/energy distinction in Dionysius.
    I did a google search on the aforementioned articles but found nada zilch nothing.

  2. John Stamps says:

    Hi Photius and Perry,
    I’m intrigued by what John D. Jones wrote/said in his “Manifesting Beyond-Being Being (hyperousios ousia): The Divine Essenc-Energies Distinction for Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite.” Is this in print somewhere? Is it taped?
    He’s the translator of Ps-D’s Divine Names and Mystical Theology, isn’t he?
    Thanks in advance!
    In Christ,

  3. John,

    Thanks for the recommendations.

    As to a very brief introduction. Perry and I are both graduate students, although I also have a full-time job in engineering. Perry’s doing his doctoral work at SLU in I believe Medieval Metaphysics (but he might be doing his dissertation on Neoplatonism). He also has teaching duties for undergrads. I’m working on an MA at University of Dallas in philosophical theology with my focus on byzantine theology (my thesis will probably be centered on the filioque). We are both Orthodox Christians.


  4. John Stamps says:

    Hi P&D,
    OK, I have a genuine bibliographic suggestion, this time actually relevant to the subject at hand. One Eric Perl suggestion deserves another!

    Eric Perl, “St. Gregory Palamas and the Metaphysics of Creation,” Dionysius 14 (1990): 105-30.

    I enjoyed this article immensely.

    Also, I found this endorsement of Perl’s article inside the Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity by none other than A.H. Armstrong in his Platonism article (pages 384-386):

    “A recent Western scholar who has taken the trouble to find out what Gregory Palamas actually said, as distinct from what his Western opponents continue to think that he meant, describes his teaching on God and creation as ‘a real philosophical development of Neoplatonism on internally necessary lines. It brings to full prominence the antinomy which was already implicit in the Neoplatonic theory of participation. This development was carried out by pseudo-Dionysius, and it is his doctrine that St Gregory reiterates and expounds.'” (page 386)

    I’ve also appeciated reading through David Bradshaw’s “Aristotle East and West: Metaphysics and the Division of Christendom.”


  5. John Stamps says:

    So who are Perry and Daniel? I’m looking over your blog and trying to see an introduction or some such. FYI, I’m reading Nihilism Before Nietzsche by Michael Allen Gillespie (he teaches poly-sci and philosophy) at Duke. I’ve needed a book to fill in a lot of philosophical gaps. Well, this one fills in the gap between William of Ockham and Nietzsche. E.g. his treatment of the Russian nihilists gave me a deeper appreciation of what Dostoevsky is dealing with in “The Brothers Karamazov.”

    Anyway, back to work!
    Pax vobiscum.

  6. Iamblichus says:

    Some deeper forays into Neoplatonism might be helpful given how formative it is for the Christian intellectual tradition:

    Gergory Shaw, “Theurgy and the Soul: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus.” A sympathetic reading of Iamblichus’s philosophical defense of necessity of theurgy for theosis.

    Eric Perl, “Plotinian One” CathPhilQ Fall 1997[?]
    which describes the One as beyond simplicity and as emanation itself and not a thing which emanates (see also his 1992 Yale dissertation on Maximus and methexis).

    Lloyd Gerson, “Aristotle and Other Platonists”
    (do a google for his homepage at U.Toronto for essays on topics like universals and formal participation)

  7. Georgios Mantzaridis, The Deification of Man
    Panayiotis Nellas, Deification in Christ

    Marius Victorinus, Theological Treatises on the Trinity (Fathers of the Church series, no. 69)

  8. Elliot B says:

    Christos Yannaras, _On the Absence and Unknowability of God_

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