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On providence

Author: Proclus; Carlos G Steel
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""The universe is, as it were, one machine, wherein the celestial spheres are analogous to the interlocking wheels and the particular beings are like the things moved by the wheels, and all events are determined by an inescapable necessity. To speak of free choice or self determination is only an illusion we human beings cherish." Thus writes Theodore the engineer to his old friend Proclus. Proclus' reply is one of  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 providence.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)654673766
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Proclus; Carlos G Steel
ISBN: 9780801445330 0801445337
OCLC Number: 150364848
Description: viii, 126 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: De providentia et fato et eo quod in nobis.
Responsibility: Proclus ; translated by Carlos Steel.

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""The universe is, as it were, one machine, wherein the celestial spheres are analogous to the interlocking wheels and the particular beings are like the things moved by the wheels, and all events are determined by an inescapable necessity. To speak of free choice or self determination is only an illusion we human beings cherish." Thus writes Theodore the engineer to his old friend Proclus. Proclus' reply is one of the most remarkable discussions on fate, providence, and free choice in Late Antiquity. It continues a long debate that had started with the first polemics of the Platonists against the Stoic doctrine of determinism. How can there be a place for free choice and moral responsibility in a world governed by an unalterable fate? Notwithstanding its great interest, Proclus' treatise has not received the attention it deserves, probably because its text is not very accessible to the modern reader. It has survived only in a Latin medieval translation and in some extensive Byzantine Greek extracts. This first English translation, based on a retro-conversion that works out what the original Greek must have been, brings the arguments he formulates again to the fore."--BOOK JACKET.

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