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”.

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).

My article from Méthexis 23 (2010), “The Second Intelligible Triad and the Intelligible-Intellective Gods“, is now available as a PDF on the Philosophy page. This article is the sequel to “The Intelligible Gods in the Platonic Theology of Proclus,” from Méthexis 21 (2008), also available on the Philosophy page, and will be followed by an article on the third intelligible triad and the intellective Gods.

Twitter, LiveJournal

February 9, 2011

I have a Twitter feed: @EPButler. Also, I have a LiveJournal where I occasionally post informal writings on philosophy and/or theology.

My article from Diotima 39 (2011), “Plato’s Gods and the Way of Ideas”, is now available on the Philosophy page.

My sincere gratitude to the Hellenic Society for Philosophical Studies, Athens, for the honor of seeing my work published in the pages of its journal.

From Cave to Sky: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Zeus is now available from Bibliotheca Alexandrina; it contains my essays “The Platonic Zeus” and “The Stoic Zeus”.



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