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Unknowability Of God

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According to Philo, there are various ways of seeking to gain some knowledge of God: contemplation of the world, approaching the logos and the powers, revelation, practising virtue, a sober intoxication in which it is as if the intellect were possessed by God, a noetic vision, direct evidence, a direct and unexpected relationship, an initiation described in the language of the mysteries, the recognition of one's own limits-a step towards gaining access to an awareness of the different and divine level, education, dianoia, God who is light to Himself. To exemplify the argument this chapter differentiates various methods of approach, which are not always so clearly distinguished in the text: indeed, often the ways converge. The aforementioned authors specifically highlight the difficulties inherent in using the name of God and in his knowability, bringing out any references made to Parmenides.

Keywords:God; Parmenides; Philo



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