The new issue of Walking the Worlds has the theme “Philosophy and Polytheism”, and I was pleased to contribute an article on Plato’s Euthyphro. Here’s the abstract:
In this reading of the Euthyphro, Socrates and Euthyphro are seen less in a primordial conflict between reason and devotion, than as sincere Hellenic polytheists engaged in an inquiry based upon a common intuition that, in addition to the irreducible agency of the Gods, there is also some irreducible intelligible content to holiness. This reading is supported by the fact that Euthyphro does not claim the authority of revelation for his decision to prosecute his father, but rather submits it to elenchus, and that Euthyphro does not embrace the ‘solution’ of theological voluntarism when Socrates explicitly offers it. Since the goal of this inquiry is neither to eliminate the noetic content of the holy, nor to eliminate the Gods’ agency, the purpose of the elenchus becomes the effort to articulate the results of this productive tension between the Gods and the intelligible on the several planes of Being implied by each conception of the holy which is successively taken up and dialectically overturned to yield the conception appropriate to the next higher plane, a style of interpretation characteristic of the ancient Neoplatonists.
I also wrote the introduction for this issue. My thanks to all of the contributors, and as always to the extraordinary Sara Kate Istra Winter, of A Forest Door, for her exquisite design work on the journal.
May 12, 2016
The upcoming (June 2016) issue of Witches & Pagans magazine has “Polytheism” as its theme, for which I was pleased to contribute an article, “Polycentric Polytheism”. You can order the issue in print or electronic version from the Witches & Pagans Store at this page.
February 11, 2016
My new column is up over on Polytheist.com, the second part of an essay on the nature of the Gods: The Nature of the Gods (II): The First Intelligible Triad. My thanks, as always, go out to Polytheist.com’s indefatigable editor, Anomalous Thracian, for his tireless efforts. As the Thracian has been known to say, It’s a great time to be a polytheist.
January 2, 2016
Vol. 2, No. 1 of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork is now available. This issue, with the theme of “Magic and Religion”, contains my article “Toward a Magical Enlightenment: Notes on Bruno’s Magic” (pp. 96-109). Here is the abstract:
This essay, which may be regarded as a companion to the general account of Bruno’s metaphysics presented in “Transformation and Individuation in Giordano Bruno’s Monadology” (SOCRATES 3.2, June 2015, pp. 57-70), discusses Bruno’s theory of magic primarily as presented in his essay De magia (1590), attempting to explicate it in light of the systematic tendencies in Bruno’s late thought, particularly his monadology and his enigmatic finitist mathematics, the mythopoetic presentation of which has vexed commentators. The fundamental role of bonding in Bruno’s theory of magic is seen to reflect the primary metaphysical significance of termini in his monadology, while the cosmological role of monads of diverse kinds as minima or measures of an otherwise infinite, acentric and hence incomprehensible universe corresponds to the role of the magical operator, who imparts form and value to the universe centered around her. Bruno’s monadology is also seen to guide his usage of the traditional term ‘spirit’ as an element essential to magic.
My latest column for Polytheist.com is the first part of an essay on the nature of the Gods: The Nature of the Gods (I): The Problem and Purpose of Reduction
November 24, 2015
My latest column for Polytheist.com is “Mythological Hermeneutics: Pandora,” a theological exegesis of Pandora’s myth.
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.