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On the existence of evils

Author: Proclus; Jan Opsomer; Carlos G Steel
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2003.
Series: [The Ancient commentators on Aristotle].
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Proclus' On the Existence of Evils is not a commentary, but helps to compensate for the dearth of Neoplatonist ethical commentaries. The central question addressed in the work is: How can there be evil in a providential world? Neoplatonists agree that it cannot be caused by higher and worthier beings. Plotinus had said that evil is matter, which, unlike Aristotle, he collapsed into mere privation or lack, thus  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Ouvrages avant 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Proclus, approximately 410-485.
On the existence of evils.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)654262080
Named Person: Proclus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Proclus; Jan Opsomer; Carlos G Steel
ISBN: 0801441005 9780801441004
OCLC Number: 51922443
Notes: Series statement on jacket.
Description: 159 p. ; 25 cm.
Series Title: [The Ancient commentators on Aristotle].
Other Titles: De malorum subsistentia.
Responsibility: Proclus ; translated by Jan Opsomer & Carlos Steel.

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"Proclus' On the Existence of Evils is not a commentary, but helps to compensate for the dearth of Neoplatonist ethical commentaries. The central question addressed in the work is: How can there be evil in a providential world? Neoplatonists agree that it cannot be caused by higher and worthier beings. Plotinus had said that evil is matter, which, unlike Aristotle, he collapsed into mere privation or lack, thus reducing its reality. He also protected higher causes from responsibility by saying that evil may result from a combination of goods. Proclus objects: evil is real, and not the mere privation of form. Rather, it is a parasite feeding off good. Parasites have no proper cause, and higher beings are thus vindicated as being the causes only of the good off which evil feeds."--BOOK JACKET.

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