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.
June 17, 2015
My latest column is up at Polytheist.com:
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April 20, 2015
March 16, 2015
January 27, 2015
My latest column has been posted at Polytheist.com:
(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.
January 5, 2015
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.