New Noēseis

September 24, 2014

My latest column, “What Do We Know When We Know the Gods?”, has been posted at Polytheist.com.

 

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be a regular columnist on the new site Polytheist.com. My column will be called Noēseis, “Thoughts”, and my first piece is live there now: it’s called “Polytheism and Metaphysics (I): Divine Relation”.

I’m very excited about this new opportunity and honored to be in the company of so many other talented writers. My thanks go out to Anomalous Thracian, for his vision in conceiving the site, and to Red Elf for her tireless technical efforts on its behalf!

 

At the recent Polytheist Leadership Conference in Fishkill, NY, I was pleased to attend a rich discussion of henotheism by Raven Kaldera, Brandon Hardy, and Joshua Tenpenny. Since I have also written on the subject of henotheism and related topics, I decided to compose my thoughts on the talk into a brief essay. Hopefully it will eventually appear in a volume of proceedings from the conference which will include the substance of the original presentation in some form. My thanks to Raven, Brandon and Joshua for their presentation, and for all they did to help make the PLC so rewarding for myself and everyone else in attendance.

A Comment on Kaldera on Henotheism

(Updated 7/18/14: Slightly revised.)

I was honored to present this paper at the first Polytheist Leadership Conference on July 12, 2014. My deepest gratitude to H. Jeremiah Lewis and Galina Krasskova, the organizers of the conference, to all of the other distinguished presenters, and most of all to the dedicated, impassioned attendees who made this event so rewarding.

On the Gods and the Good

 

Vol. 31 of Dionysius includes my new article, “The Henadic Origin of Procession in Damascius.” Dionysius is now available online to subscribers (http://ojs.library.dal.ca/). As per my usual practice, I have made the article available on the Philosophy page. As I’ve been doing recently, I’ve put up a PDF of my Word document with the journal’s pagination in brackets, rather than a scan.

I am, as ever, grateful to the editor of Dionysius, Wayne J. Hankey, and to Donna M. Edwards and all the journal’s hard working staff for the honor of once again being published in its pages.

“The Henadic Origin of Procession in Damascius,” Dionysius Vol. 31 (2013), pp. 79-100.

Polytheist priest, author and scholar Galina Krasskova interviewed me recently for her blog, Gangleri’s Grove:

http://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-polytheistic-philosopher-academic-and-author-edward-butler

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My first essay collection, Essays on a Polytheistic Philosophy of Religion, is now available in a second edition. It now includes “Offering to the Gods: A Neoplatonic Perspective,” originally published in Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 2.1 (2007), pp. 1-20. (This article will continue to be available as a PDF on the Theology page.)

 

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.

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