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The Realm Of Being

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The proper of way of describing God is the discourse of praise, in which the positive language of eminence, interspersed with the equivocal metaphors borrowed from the Fourth Gospel, alternates with a series of negative determination. Rules for praising a god had been long established. Before saying of what sort of things he or she is the cause, one has to state what that god, or goddess, is like. This chapter focuses on Alcinous's account of the first God as an elaboration of his key assertion that "God is ineffable and graspable only by intellect". Alcinous appears to have resorted to two separate kinds of methodological procedure, one for each part of his supposition that God is (i) "ineffable" and (ii) "graspable only by the intellect".

Keywords: Alcinous; God



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