I was interviewed last night on Wyrd Ways Radio. Here’s a link to the podcast; note that the program begins one hour in:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/witchschool/2014/04/17/ptrn-presents-circle-talkwyrd-ways-live-pagan-music-project

It’s also available on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ptrn-presents-circle-talk/id375450807?i=302884712&mt=2

 

Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies #5 has been released. You can order it here. It has my article “Esoteric City: Theological Hermeneutics in Plato’s Republic,” beautifully illustrated with photos by the gifted SF Said. There is so much else of value in this issue, in particular a new article by my inspired colleague P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and a tribute to Lady Olivia Robertson by Caroline Wise. Hence I do warmly encourage purchasing it. The link above leads to a page with an animated preview, from which one can readily see that Abraxas is a journal like no other.

That being said, I have uploaded a plain version of my article, with the journal’s pagination, available from the Philosophy page. “Esoteric City” is a very close companion to “Animal and Paradigm in Plato,” and they are best read in conjunction. It is fortuitous, therefore, that they have been published in close succession. My thanks once again to the editors of Epoché and Abraxas for allowing my work to appear in their pages.

My article “Animal and Paradigm in Plato” appears in Vol. 18, No. 2 of Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, pp. 311-323. The article is available at the journal’s site for subscribers, but I have also uploaded a PDF of the article to the Philosophy page, with the journal’s pagination inserted in brackets. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to publish my work in such an esteemed journal. Here is the abstract:

The paradigm according to which the cosmos is ordered by the demiurge is characterized in the Timaeus as ‘Animal Itself’, while παράδειγμα in the vision of Er from the Republic denotes the patterns of lives chosen by individual humans and other animals. The essay seeks to grasp the animality of the paradigm, as well as the paradigmatic nature of animality, by means of the homology discernible between these usages. This inquiry affirms the value within a Platonic doctrine of principles of persons over reified forms, of modes of unity over substantial natures, and of agency over structure.

I’ve published a book collecting the five Proclus articles based on my dissertation, plus two bonuses. The paperback is available here.

The PDF is available for free on the Philosophy page.

Essay in Hera devotional

November 4, 2013

An essay of mine, “Queen of Kinêsis: Understanding Hera”, appears in the new devotional volume from Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Queen of Olympos: A Devotional Anthology for Hera and Iuno.

Recently I was greatly honored to participate in a Festschrift volume for an eminent scholar, Birger A. Pearson. The book is Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson, ed. by April D. DeConick, Gregory Shaw, and John D. Turner (Leiden: Brill, 2013). It’s a beautiful volume, with a wealth of outstanding essays. I was fortunate enough to be able to publish here a major interpretive essay on the recently published Demotic text known as the Book of Thoth. This essay, titled “Opening the Way of Writing: Semiotic Metaphysics in the Book of Thoth,” is now available to download on the Theology page. This essay will be of interest to anyone concerned with Egyptian theology or with writing as a sacred practice. I hope you enjoy it. My thanks again to the editors for all their hard work, and especially to Gregory Shaw, a scholar and a gentleman, for providing me this opportunity.

My article from Méthexis 25 (2012), “The Third Intelligible Triad and the Intellective Gods“, is now available as a PDF on the Philosophy page. This article, the sequel to “The Intelligible Gods in the Platonic Theology of Proclus” (Méthexis 21, 2008) and “The Second Intelligible Triad and the Intelligible-Intellective Gods” (Méthexis 23, 2010), completes the sequence of articles based on my dissertation, The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus (2003), a sequence which began with “Polytheism and Individuality in the Henadic Manifold” (Dionysius 23, 2005) and “The Gods and Being in Proclus” (Dionysius 26, 2008), all of which are also available on the Philosophy page of this site. I’d like to thank the editors at Dionysius and Méthexis for their faith in my work, and hope to publish more in these fine journals in the years to come.

This book contains the two articles I previously published in The Pomegranate, “The Theological Interpretation of Myth” and “Polycentric Polytheism and the Philosophy of Religion”, plus two never-before-published essays, “Neoplatonism and Polytheism” and “A Theological Exegesis of the Iliad, Book One”.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/edward-butler/essays-on-a-polytheistic-philosophy-of-religion/paperback/product-20092701.html

http://www.amazon.com/Essays-Polytheistic-Philosophy-Religion/dp/1105709175/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8

Preview on Google Books

Proclus 1600

February 8, 2012

Proclus was born on this day (February 8th) in 412 C.E. I wrote some words for a commemoration at the site of his house in Athens.

Philosophy in Review

February 2, 2012

Here are my reviews to date for PIR:

David Jones, ed. Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects (Vol. 29, No. 5, 2009).

Edward C. Halper, One and Many in Aristotle’s Metaphysics: Books Alpha-Delta (Vol. 30, No. 3, 2010).

Damascius, Damascius’ Problems and Solutions Concerning First Principles. (Vol. 31, No. 3, 2011).

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