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Vol. 1, No. 2 of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork is now available. This issue, with the theme of “Building Regional Cultus”, contains my article “Universality and Locality in Platonic Polytheism”. Here is the abstract:

In a famous quote reported by his biographer Marinus, Proclus says that a philosopher should be like a “priest of the whole world in common”. This essay examines what this universality of the philosopher’s religious practice entails, first with reference to Marinus’ testimony concerning Proclus’ own devotional life, and then with respect to the systematic Platonic understanding of divine ‘locality’. The result is, first, that the philosopher’s ‘universality’ is at once more humble than it sounds, and more far-reaching; and second, that the meaning of locality in the Platonic metaphysics is more flexible and dynamic than we might have expected. Particular attention is given to the relations of ‘universality’ and ‘particularity’ as they exist among the Gods, and to the account in Proclus’ Timaeus commentary concerning the places sacred to the Gods as immaterial intervals (diastêmata) not identical to physical places, and the consequences of this for understanding changes in the religious life of places and in the localization of cults.

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The latest issue of SOCRATES contains my article, “Transformation and Individuation in Giordano Bruno’s Monadology”. The full text is available on the site, as well as in print. Here is the abstract:

The essay explores the systematic relationship in the work of Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) between his monadology, his metaphysics as presented in works such as De la causa, principio et uno, the mythopoeic cosmology of Lo spaccio de la bestia trionfante, and practical works like De vinculis in genere. Bruno subverts the conceptual regime of the Aristotelian substantial forms and its accompanying cosmology with a metaphysics of individuality that privileges individual unity (singularity) over formal unity and particulars over substantial forms without sacrificing a metaphysical perspective on the cosmos. The particular is individuated as a unique site of desire, continually transforming but able to entrain itself and others through phantasmatic ‘bonding’, the new source of regularity in Bruno’s polycentric universe. Bruno thus tries to do justice to the demands of intelligibility as well as transformative eros. The essay concludes with a note on Bruno’s geometry as it relates to his general conception of form.

My latest column is up at Polytheist.com:

http://polytheist.com/noeseis/2015/06/17/ecology-of-being/

You can access all of my previous columns from this page:

http://polytheist.com/noeseis/

My latest column is up at Polytheist.com:

Polytheism and Science (II): Parmenides

You can access all of my columns from here:

http://polytheist.com/noeseis/

My latest column is up at Polytheist.com:

Polytheism and Science (I): Coagulation

My latest column has been posted at Polytheist.com:

What Do the Gods Know When They Know Us?

(This piece is a companion of sorts to my column from September 24th, 2014, “What Do We Know When We Know the Gods?”)

My gratitude, as always, is extended to the Anomalous Thracian, whose labors on behalf of Polytheist.com, as well as on behalf of the ideals for which it stands, deserve to be the stuff of legend.

“Time and the Heroes”

January 5, 2015

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The inaugural issue of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork includes a major new article of mine, “Time and the Heroes”. Here is the abstract:

The Platonist Proclus (c. 412-485 CE) identifies the procession of the angels, daimons, and heroes as operating three universal temporal potencies through which we experience time in the forms of past, present, and future, respectively. This essay explicates the Proclean doctrine of the three forms of time in its context within his system and its wider implications, with particular reference to the form of temporality associated with the heroes. Proclus’ schematic account of heroic temporality offers a systematic metaphysical framework for key themes in the Hellenic literature and cultus of heroes, in particular the dialectic of untimeliness and seasonality in the hero as discussed by Nagy. The heroes are seen to embody a universal relationship of mortal beings to time. In an excursus, the relationship of heroes to time is compared to that of cinema as image of time.

I was honored to be invited by David Butorac to present a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in Philadelphia, at the session for the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies.

Ineffability and Unity in Damascius

My latest column has been posted at Polytheist.com:

Polytheism and Metaphysics (III): Divine Relation (2): Justice

A major essay of mine on the Demotic Egyptian text known as the “Book of Thoth” appeared in this volume, and I posted a version here. Since then, a new translation of the Demotic text has appeared, which is both accessible to the nonspecialist reader and affordable, though lacking the scholarly apparatus of the first publication. A new system of line numbering is applied to the text in this edition, and I have updated my essay to include these new line numbers in parentheses, so that the reader may conveniently look up the passages I discussed there in the new edition. This is the updated version of my essay:

Opening the Way of Writing: Semiotic Metaphysics in the Book of Thoth

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