Proclus: A Life

Pp. 1-26 in All From One: A Guide to Proclus (ed. by Piet d’Hoine and M. Martijn)

Oxford University Press, 2017

Proclus (412-485 A.D.) was one of the last official "successors" of Plato at the head of the Academy in Athens at the end of Antiquity, before the school was finally closed down in 529. As a prolific author of systematic works on a wide range of topics and one of the most influential commentators on Plato of all times, the legacy of Proclus in the cultural history of the west can hardly be overestimated. 

This book introduces the reader to Proclus' life and works, his place in the Platonic tradition of Antiquity, and the influence his work exerted in later ages. Various chapters are devoted to Proclus' metaphysical system, including his doctrines about the first principle of all reality, the One, and about the Forms and the soul. The broad range of Proclus' thought is further illustrated by highlighting his contribution to philosophy of nature, scientific theory, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of language. Finally, also his most original doctrines on evil and providence, his Neoplatonic virtue ethics, his complex views on theology and religious practice, and his metaphysical aesthetics receive separate treatments. 

This book is the first to bring together the leading scholars in the field and to present a state of the art of Proclean studies today. In doing so, it provides the most comprehensive introduction to Proclus' thought currently available.

Table of Contents

1. Proclus of Athens: A Life, Christian Wildberg
2. Proclus' Place in the Platonic Tradition, Harold Tarrant
3. Proclus' System, Marije Martijn & Lloyd P. Gerson
4. The One, the Henads, and the Principles, Gerd Van Riel
5. Platonic Forms and the Triad of Being, Life, and Intellect, Pieter d'Hoine
6. Proclus on the psyche: World Soul and Individual Soul, John Finamore & Emilie Kutash
7. The Natural World, Jan Opsomer
8. Mathematics and the Sciences, Dominic O'Meara
9. Proclus on Epistemology, Language, and Logic, Christoph Helmig
10. Proclus on Gods and Demons, Luc Brisson
11. Theurgy in the Context of Proclus' Philosophy, Robbert M. van den Berg
12. Providence and Evil, Carlos Steel
13. The Human Life, Dirk Baltzly
14. Literary Theory and Aesthetics, Anne Sheppard
15. Proclus' Legacy, Peter Adamson & Filip Karfik
Appendix I: Proclus' Metaphysical and Theological System
Appendix II: Proclus' Works