November 2, 2015
I was honored to be invited by Eric Perl to present a paper for his panel, “Athenian Neoplatonism”, at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS) at Fordham University in New York City. The paper I gave, “Ineffability and Totality in Damascius”, may be considered the sequel to “Ineffability and Unity in Damascius”, given at the Eastern Division American Philosophical Association meeting, 12/28/14.
October 19, 2015
My latest column for Polytheist.com is “Polytheism and Metaphysics (IV): Divine Action”.
October 18, 2015
Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet, ed. Tina Georgitsis (Asheville, NC: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2015) contains an essay of mine, “The Wrath of Sekhmet” (pp. 276-316).
September 8, 2015
August 29, 2015
August 10, 2015
From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea, ed. Rebecca Buchanan (Asheville, NC: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2015) contains an essay of mine, “Sea of Dissimilitude: Poseidon and Platonism” (pp. 213-235).
July 23, 2015
My latest column is up at Polytheist.com:
And as usual, you can access all of my previous columns from this page:
My thanks, as always, to the extraordinary editor at Polytheist.com, Theanos Thrax, the Anomalous Thracian, who I might add also has a superb essay in the latest issue of Walking the Worlds, entitled “Religions of Relation: Place, Hospitality, and Regional Cultus in Modern Polytheist Religion and Practice” (Walking the Worlds Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 2015, pp. 62-85).
June 30, 2015
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.
The latest issue of SOCRATES contains my article, “Transformation and Individuation in Giordano Bruno’s Monadology”. The full text is available on the site to subscribers. 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.