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”.


New research has enabled me to augment several entries in the Theological Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Gods of the Ancient Egyptians (Dedwen, Mnevis, Nephthys) as well as adding a new entry for Horit.

I’ve added to the Philosophy page the text of the lecture I gave at the Department of Classics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. This file includes the essay itself, “The Henadic Structure of Providence in Proclus”, as well as the introduction I wrote for it and delivered at the talk itself.

My thanks again to the faculty and students of the Department of Classics at Dalhousie for their gracious invitation, warm hospitality and intellectual stimulation.

It occurred to me that those reading my “Flower of Fire” essay from the Hekate devotional volume (available here) may find this site useful. It’s a synoptic presentation of the extant fragments of the Oracles in the English translations by Majercik and by Wescott together with the German translation by Michel Tardieu after Hans Lewy. There used to be a site with the Greek text of the fragments, but it seems to be defunct.

UPDATE (6/1/13): The Prometheus Trust has reprinted Majercik’s edition of the fragments, which is the one that anybody interested in the Oracles must use. For North America, it’s available here; otherwise, check the Prometheus Trust site.

UPDATE (10/26/13): The Myspace site is gone, but thankfully Majercik’s edition of the fragments is available again.


“Flower of Fire: Hekate in the Chaldean Oracles,” appears in Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate, available here or here.

It has come to my attention that a number of people have been having difficulty downloading the PDF file of my dissertation, “The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus.” My apologies to those who have had such problems. As a result, I have added to the Philosophy page an MS Word file of the dissertation for those unable to download the PDF. Please note that the pagination in this file does not correspond to the PDF, which is the version of record.

Another Article

July 24, 2009

I’ve posted my second article from Dionysius, “The Gods and Being in Proclus”, to the Philosophy page.

New article

July 7, 2009

The Philosophy page has been updated with my article from Méthexis, “The Intelligible Gods in the Platonic Theology of Proclus.”


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