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

My latest column has been posted at Polytheist.com:

Polytheism and Metaphysics (II): Divine Production (1): Hermeneutics

I was honored to be invited by Vishwa Adluri to present a paper for his panel, “Ancient Philosophy and Vegetarianism,” at the 32nd 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.

Gods and Daimons in the Platonic Economy of Sacrifice

New Noēseis

September 24, 2014

My latest column, “What Do We Know When We Know the Gods?”, has been posted at Polytheist.com.


I’m very pleased to announce that I will be a regular columnist on the new site Polytheist.com. My column will be called Noēseis, “Thoughts”, and my first piece is live there now: it’s called “Polytheism and Metaphysics (I): Divine Relation”.

I’m very excited about this new opportunity and honored to be in the company of so many other talented writers. My thanks go out to Anomalous Thracian, for his vision in conceiving the site, and to Red Elf for her tireless technical efforts on its behalf!


At the recent Polytheist Leadership Conference in Fishkill, NY, I was pleased to attend a rich discussion of henotheism by Raven Kaldera, Brandon Hardy, and Joshua Tenpenny. Since I have also written on the subject of henotheism and related topics, I decided to compose my thoughts on the talk into a brief essay. Hopefully it will eventually appear in a volume of proceedings from the conference which will include the substance of the original presentation in some form. My thanks to Raven, Brandon and Joshua for their presentation, and for all they did to help make the PLC so rewarding for myself and everyone else in attendance.

A Comment on Kaldera on Henotheism

(Updated 7/18/14: Slightly revised.)

I was honored to present this paper at the first Polytheist Leadership Conference on July 12, 2014. My deepest gratitude to H. Jeremiah Lewis and Galina Krasskova, the organizers of the conference, to all of the other distinguished presenters, and most of all to the dedicated, impassioned attendees who made this event so rewarding.

On the Gods and the Good


Vol. 31 of Dionysius includes my new article, “The Henadic Origin of Procession in Damascius.” Dionysius is now available online to subscribers (http://ojs.library.dal.ca/). As per my usual practice, I have made the article available on the Philosophy page. As I’ve been doing recently, I’ve put up a PDF of my Word document with the journal’s pagination in brackets, rather than a scan.

I am, as ever, grateful to the editor of Dionysius, Wayne J. Hankey, and to Donna M. Edwards and all the journal’s hard working staff for the honor of once again being published in its pages.

“The Henadic Origin of Procession in Damascius,” Dionysius Vol. 31 (2013), pp. 79-100.


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