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The Corpus Areopagiticum and Proclus’ Divine Interface

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The Corpus Dionysiacum Areopagiticum (CDA) is an oddity in the history of the Christian reception of Platonism. It is well known that CDA's concept of providence is very close to that of Proclus. The author believes that Pseudo-Dionysius was also able to smoothly adapt for Christian usage the Neoplatonist theory concerning sacred symbols, though Dionysius is thought to have shifted the focus from the natural and cosmological level to symbols operative in the liturgical life of a specific religious community, the Christian Church. The fundamental Proclean model, which the author would like to call his "divine interface", consists of two theoretical components not easily reconciled with the alternative doctrines of trinitarian theology and soteriology based on the redemptive act of the Incarnation. The author thinks that it is proven that in the CDA the higher part of Proclus' divine interface, henadology, is present.

Keywords: Corpus Dionysiacum Areopagiticum (CDA); Neoplatonist theory; Platonism; Proclean model; Proclus' divine interface; Pseudo-Dionysius



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