The holy order: the Areopagite and Eriugena Seminar

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6647


According to Ps.-Dionysius the Areopagite hierarchy is “a holy order, a science and an operation”: in his work we find the elaboration of the notion of a hierarchical order ontologically founded in the divine creation. This notion has been translated into Latin philosophical terms by John Scottus Eriugena, the most important point of mediation between Eastern and Western Medieval Philosophy in the Early Middle Ages. In this seminar we will examine the way in which Theology and Christian philosophy provided the field of elaboration of the notion of hierarchy. Our discussion will draw on selected texts of Ps.-Dionysius the Areopagite and John Scottus Eriugena.

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