A philosophical-theological work, running to five books, written by the continental Irish scholar known as John Scottus Eriugena (fl. 9th century). The Periphyseon, deeply influenced by Eriugena’s engagement with Greek Christian authors, is a. Eriugena’s Dialectical Ontology in the First Book of his Periphyseon (De divisione naturae), with an annotated bibliography.

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The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies If He always has been creating, His periphysein are as eternal and as infinite as Himself: In his understanding of this causal procession, Eriugena accepts Neoplatonic principles: Quaestiones ad Thalassium I.

Since the causes are immaterial, intellectual and eternal, so their created effects are essentially periphyweon, immaterial, intellectual, and eternal. The assumption is that things graspable by intellect alone belong to a realm above the material, corporeal world and hence are timeless.

All these MSS are of the 9th century, and could have been written during the author’s life-time. The Philosophical System of the Periphyseon 3. But the evidence does not rest on this one MS: Consider the following remarkable passage from Book Four which is a typical example of Eriugena’s dialectical thinking and of the close parallelism between human and divine:. McEvoy edsJohannes Scottus Eriugena.

Clearly, then, this was the title by which the author wished his work, in its final form, to be known. Human nature is therefore essentially free: Man is an animal and man is not an animal; man is spiritual and not spiritual. Since he called himself Johannes, that is, John, the name John Scotus Erigena became fairly common after Ussher’s time. God the technical term for such dependence being ‘participation’ participatiowhile subsequent terms, created objects, depend on them. How to cite this entry.

Erin Hart marked it as to-read Nov 02, Throughout creation, something and nothing roll over each other like puppies.


While purporting periphyseob to interpret Augustinian texts, this early theological treatise is philosophically significant for its rationalistic, dialectical analysis of key theological concepts and its reliance on argument rather than scriptural citation. Consider the following passage from Book Two: Eriugena as does Nicholas of Cusa gives a unique place to Christ in the outgoing and return of all things.

John Scottus Eriugena

Ontology – Mirror Eriugnea. A Study in Medieval PhilosophyCambridge: From the Circle of Alcuin to the School of Auxerre: The properties of the Categories C A 4. Goetschel Roland marked it as to-read Nov 25, Leuven University Press, Eriugena refers to the theosis or deification of human nature at Periphyseon I. Aside from that, it is an excellent summation of the key themes found in what has been referred to as the greatest speculative and philosophical achievement of the early Middle Ages.

Johannes Scottus Eriugena: Periphyseon

Thus, in a four terms: No trivia or quizzes yet. By the former is meant any aspects of the metaphysical system stated in the texts, by the latter those aspects corresponding to elements in the notion of structure described earlier. The expression of this doctrine, acquired through intermediary Greek and Latin eriiugena sources, combines ontological and semiotic criteria. Publications The edition of the Periphyseon for the Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis has appeared at a relatively swift pace: Gottschalk had already been condemned by a synod at Mainz in and another at Quierzy in and had been imprisoned in the abbey of Hautvillers where he remained until his death inbut Prudentius, the bishop of Troyes, appeared to side with him.

Eriugena articulates the view that God’s becoming human His incarnation or inhumanisation is balanced cosmologically by humans becoming God in deification deificatioGreek: The argument turns on an answer to the following question: The Periphyseondeeply influenced by Eriugena’s engagement with Greek Christian authors, is a work of astonishing scope, a veritable Neoplatonic summa. Place and time are definitions in that they petiphyseon or locate the things they define, and since definitions are in the mind, then place and time are in the mind I.


Human nature is originally a Platonic Idea in the mind of God: Locus, quantitasand situ are always this kind of accident, and therefore at rest D B Many valuable twentieth-century studies e.

Almost the only images employed are air and light and fire, and these are used in contexts suggesting rarefaction and incandescence. But whose-ever the hand that wrote them there can be little doubt that the matter is Eriugena’s, even when, in R, the hand is not the “Eriugena” hand. Daniel Byrne added pfriphyseon Jul 23, The Mind of EriugenaDublin: Eriugena sees the human subject as essentially mind.

Learn more cookies in our periphyxeon policy’ section. Eriugena argues in De divina praedestinatione that God, being perfectly good, wants all humans to be saved, and does not predestine souls to damnation. Eriugena had a justified reputation among his contemporaries as a man of considerable learning.

This makes human nature share in infinity. Christ possesses all the perfections of human nature, since vir autem perfectus est Christus IV. Attribution of being is subject to the dialectic of affirmation and negation.

He refers to himself usually and is also referred to by some of his contemporaries as simply Johannes. It follows that everything in the “Eriugena” hand in B is authoritative. The whole of nature, which includes God, proceeds or externalises itself in its multifarious forms through the operation of the human mind, which is pursuing its own course of intellectual development or enlightenment.