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Our understanding of Proclus' doctrine of the nature of evil has been greatly enhanced in the past thirty years by several annotated translations of his late monograph on the subject, De malorum subsistentia (DMS), most recently the fine English edition of Jan Opsomer and Carlos Steel. The methodological principle guiding this book is that anything approaching a full understanding of Proclus' doctrine of evil demands a thorough critique of how Proclus and other Platonists read the seminal passages in certain dialogues which they thought contained Plato's treatment of evil. The analysis of Proclus' doctrine in light both of his interpretation of Plato and of the historical context of that interpretation naturally reveals the prominence throughout the exegetical tradition not only of particular texts within Plato's dialogues, but also of certain constructs within those texts.

Keywords: De malorum subsistentia (DMS); Platonists; Proclus' doctrine



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