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Title The reception of Greek ethics in late antiquity and Byzantium / edited by Sophia Xenophontos, University of Glasgow, Anna Marmodoro, University of Oxford
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xii, 289 pages)
Contents Sexual difference and the difference it makes: the Greek Fathers and their sources / David Bradshaw -- Ethics and the hierarchy of virtues from Plotinus to Iamblichus / Riccardo Chiaradonna -- Neoplatonic contemplative ethics: mind training / Sara Ahbel-Rappe -- Ethics, virtue and theurgy: on being a good person in late-neoplatonic philosophy / John F. Finamore -- Imitation and self-examination: the later neoplatonists on the Platonic dialogue as moral education through visualisation / Robbert M. van den Berg -- The reception of Greek ethics in Christian monastic writings / Benjamin Blosser -- Understanding self-determination and moral selfhood in the sources of late-antique and Byzantine Christian thought / Demetrios Harper -- 'Singing with David and contemplating Agesilaus': ethical training in Byzantium / Leonora Neville -- The ethos of a theologian: Gregory of Nazianzus and the reception of classical ethics / Byron MacDougall -- Porphyry on justice towards animals: are animals rational and does it matter for justice? / Riin Sirkel / Eustratius of Nicaea and the Nicomachean Ethics in twelfth-century Constantinople: literary criticism, patronage and the construction of the Byzantine commentary tradition / Michele Trizio -- Michael of Ephesus on the relation of civic happiness to happiness in contemplation / Péter Lautner -- George Pachymeres' Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: a new witness to philosophical instruction and moral didacticism in late Byzantium / Sophia Xenophontos
Summary "There are few areas in which the chasm separating pagan and Christian ethics is deeper than that of sexuality. Here I wish to examine this fundamental shift of thought from the standpoint of the ontology of sexual difference. Is the difference between male and female solely bodily, or does it also extend in some way to the soul - and if so, how should we understand this further (and presumably deeper) level of difference? Any answer to this question necessarily depends on one's understanding of the soul itself, a topic on which there was little agreement among the philosophical schools of antiquity. Nonetheless, as we shall see, there was a broad consensus that sexual difference is a more or less accidental feature of embodiment and does not affect the soul intrinsically. The Greek Fathers accepted this view, using it to shape their own reading of the creation account in Genesis"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 09, 2021)
Subject Ethics, Medieval.
Ethics -- Byzantine Empire
Ethics, Ancient.
Ethics, Ancient.
Ethics, Medieval.
Byzantine Empire.
Form Electronic book
Author Xenophontos, Sophia A., 1985- editor
Marmodoro, Anna, 1975- editor
LC no. 2020058021
ISBN 9781108986359