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Proclus' doctrine of evil

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If there is an overarching unity of purpose to be found in Proclus' various accounts on evil, it is that they are all part of his efforts to defend a strongly monistic doctrine of creation against well-known dualistic doctrines of certain schools of philosophy and theology. Such doctrines either postulated an absolute principle of evil in opposition to the Good or attempted to implicate God in the generation of evil. In formulating his own doctrine against these views, Proclus is following the lead of his Neoplatonic predecessors, including Plotinus, despite his dualistic tendencies. In his commentary on Plato's Republic Proclus discusses Plato's analysis of the central question, Whence evils (pothen ta kaka)? If they derive from God, then the argument that God is the cause of good alone is false.

Keywords: evil; Neoplatonic predecessors; Plato; Plotinus; Proclus



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