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A philosophical-theological work, running to five books, written by the continental Irish scholar known as John Scottus Eriugena (fl. 9th century). The Periphyseon, deeply influenced by Eriugena’s engagement with Greek Christian authors, is a. Eriugena’s Dialectical Ontology in the First Book of his Periphyseon (De divisione naturae), with an annotated bibliography.

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Text and Transmission Yet the most urgent eriugenaa, and the most difficult, remained the edition of the Periphyseon. This is based on a dedication in the book identifying as frater brother Wulfadwho was made a bishop inmaking it unlikely that Eriugena would have used so casual a reference after that elevation.

Diego rated it liked it Dec 21, For exposition, Scotus uses the time-honored student-teacher interchange.

De divisione naturae – Wikipedia

I can’t justify my interest through philosophy; it’s a personal reaction to someone I’d love to share a few beers with across the table. Gottschalk had already been condemned by a synod at Mainz in and another at Quierzy in and had been imprisoned in the abbey of Hautvillers where he remained until his death inbut Prudentius, the bishop of Troyes, appeared to side with him.

There is no doubt that Eriugena’s theological intentions are orthodox, but he is a bold, speculative thinker, who believes that philosophy uncovers the true meaning of faith.

This clearly implies that humanity as a whole, that is, resurrected human nature in its perfected state will be truly illuminated and merged with the divine, for human nature itself in its very essence is the intellectus omnium. This work was the magnum opus of ninth century theologian Johannes Scotus Eriugena.

It follows that we ought not to understand God and the creature as two things distinct from one another, but as one and the same.


Videsne igitur Locum Tempusque ante omnia quae sunt intelligi? Autographa des Johannes Scottusaus dem Nachlass herausgegeben von E. That which subsists in another subject is in motion; habitus and relatio subsist in another subject; therefore they are in motion B B 3.

So, sexual difference really makes no difference for humans, or as Eriugena boldly puts it: They have been allocated to motusbut seem to be in status. Stevie marked it as to-read Aug 21, Gregory of Nyssa, the pseudo-Dionysius and St. One may ask if, after all, Eriugena is periphyeon a eriugen The dialogue has not reached us as a finished product, but rather as a work in progress, like molten metal, which, today still, after more than eleven centuries, we have the privilege to see as it takes shape between the fingers of an expert goldsmith, Johnannes Scottus Eriugena.

God creates Himself and all else continually, and creation as we know it had no physical, temporal start but has always existed in God’s mind. Eriugena circles around the object of his thought insistently, patiently, lovingly. The assumption is that things graspable by periphjseon alone belong to a realm above the material, corporeal world and hence are timeless.

Thus Eriugena was forced to depart from his original plan of four books and add a fifth. The intrusion of the margin into the middle of the page no longer allows modern readers to appreciate fully the literary quality of the Eriugenian dialogue, and periphyyseon, in some instances, prevents them from grasping clearly the logical steps of philosophical arguments, as they are interspersed with commentaries.

John Scottus Eriugena

Bibliographie Choisie complete list of his essays on Eriugena. All these MSS are of the 9th century, and could have been written during the author’s life-time. Two partial commentaries c. God shall be all in all omnia in pefiphyseonV c. Benjamin Notelovitz marked it as to-read Jul 12, Eriugena’s Sources Despite the claims of some nineteenth-century commentators, it is now clear that Eriugena did not have direct knowledge of the writings of Plotinus, Porphyry or Proclus.


The topic of creation requires Eriugena to address issues connected with the Biblical account of creation, and thus, in Book Three, he embarks on his own version of a Hexaemeron.


Florus too attacked Eriugena. Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database. A fragmentary Commentary on the Gospel of St. Berk rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Classification Irish religious texts. Circumstances have worked against his recognition in the area of the world in which he lived and wrote – the Latin periphyseo dominated by Augustine and Aquinas Even so he is the greatest philosopher in the eriugema that separate these two.

But as long as Plato is counted a philosopher, then Eriugena must be reckoned a philosopher too.

Periphyseon by Johannes Scottus Eriugena

We eirugena compelled to envisage this eternal process under the form of time, ediugena apply temporal distinctions to that which is extra- or supra-temporal. One special difficulty in editing the Periphyseon is that the earliest manuscripts preserve only the first three books whereas the extant manuscripts for Books Four and Five date from the twelfth century.

Goetschel Roland marked it as to-read Nov 25, See O’Meara and Bieler [], Allard [], Beierwaltes [] and [], Jeauneau [], for essays on specific aspects of his thought.