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Xxvi Preface which he coined—could never be opposed to nature ( para ten phusin). 14 Huper phues is not in any way opposed to nature nor did it refer to a separate “supernatural world” as it has come to be conceived; rather, it refers to divine powers that are con- tinually revealed through nature. For Pythagoreans like Iamblichus, numbers, like gods, are also supernatural: they are anterior princi- ples that unfold into the physical world. With Dionysius the sensitiv- ity to phusis as theophany is diminished, if not lost, and we see a shift away from Platonic cosmocentricism.
Festugière) NHC Nag Hammadi Codices Stob. Stobaeus: Anthologium, 4 vols. (ed. C. ]) Th. Pl. Proclus: Theologie Platonicienne, 5 vols. (ed. D. G. Westerink) VP De Vita Pythagorica Liber (Iamblichus) iii Theurgy and the Soul iv Foreword Neoplatonic Theurgy and Christian Incarnation uropean culture and the Christian religion from which it is inseparable are constituted in, and founded upon, a double Einheritance: the Law of the Old Covenant and the wisdom of Greek thought. In modernity this double inheritance has tended to be tidily parsed, as if the former concerned the substance of cultic practice and salvation, concrete and “material,” while the latter con- cerned the pure disembodied act of reason and of philosophical wisdom.
Xxv Theurgy and the Soul revealed the gods in modes appropriate to their respective cultures. Neoplatonic theurgy was imagined within a polytheistic and plural- istic cosmos: the varieties of culture and geography corresponding to the diversity of theurgic societies. This was also consistent with Iamblichus’s metaphysics where the utterly ineffable One can only be “known” in the Many, the henophany of each culture both veil- ing and revealing its ineffable source. 12 For such a claim betrays the very principle of theu- rgy understood as cosmogonic activity rooted in an ineffable source, one that necessarily expresses itself in multiple forms of demiurgic generosity.
Classical Philosophy. Collected Papers: Socrates and His Contemporaries by Terence H. Irwin