New Essay in Bibliotheca Alexandrina Devotional Volume

November 30, 2009

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


2 Responses to “New Essay in Bibliotheca Alexandrina Devotional Volume”

  1. Greetings, Edward,

    Once the individual attains theosis, is he a Henad?

  2. henadology said


    The individual mortal soul (e.g., the human individual) is always henadic just insofar as s/he is individual and unique; but his/her individuality is problematic in the way that the individuality of a divine individual (a henad stricto sensu, if you will) is not.

    We cannot think “Socrates” without entailments such as “rational animal”, “son of Sophroniscus”, “Athenian”, “snub-nosed practitioner of dialectic”, etc. These relations lie on the same ontological plane, so to speak, as the identity “Socrates”. In this respect, Socrates cannot be a henad.

    However, there is an individuality to Socrates that transcends being the son of Sophroniscus, because it chose to be a certain man’s son, that transcends even being a rational animal insofar as it might, under the influence of some passion, choose to become a swan, like Orpheus does (Rep. X, 620a). It transcends the opposition between Socrates and his naysaying daimon, for the daimon as well as the one to whom it says “No” are both manifestations of its agency, its choice. This individual is necessarily in some sense a henad, it seems to me.

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