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The so-called doctrine of 'enhypostasia' or 'anhypostasia' is probably the only thing an average theologian knows about the post-Chalcedonian development of patristic theology. This is by no means coincidental, as this doctrine supplies, as was already pointed out by K. Rozemond with regard to John of Damascus "la base terminologique de la christologie" once the latter was to be developed within a Chalcedonian framework: two natures inseparably united in one hypostasis can only be conceived of if at least one of them does not have a hypostasis, i.e. independent existence of its own ("anhypostasia"), but subsists in the hypostasis of the former, i.e. the divine Logos ("enhypostasia"). The main part of our investigation focuses on the technical Christological usage in the post-Chalcedonian debates and its connection with the Neochalcedonian insubsistence-conception in examining the works most relevant for our problem one by one.

Keywords:Christological conceptual framework; John of Damascus; Neochalcedonian insubsistence-conception; patristic theology; post-Chalcedonian debates



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