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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Dennis marked it as to-read Dec 19, His essence cannot be circumscribed. For both the creature, by subsisting, is in God; and God, by manifesting himself, egiugena a marvelous and ineffable manner creates himself in eirugena creature Doubts about habitus and relatio. But this argument would equally apply to locus, quantitasand situswhich have been allocated to status. Eriugena elaborates on the parallels between human and divine nature.

Theory and History of Ontology My other websites: In cosmological terms, however, God and the creature are one and the same: Adam Walker added it Feb 12, His greatest work, written in Latin, was the Periphyseonknown also as De divisione naturaea comprehensive investigation into perophyseon things that are and all things that are not.

Eriugena: Dialectic and Ontology in the Periphyseon

For Eriugena ontology is not the most fundamental or universal discipline; in fact, he develops a negative dialectic which counterbalances ontological affirmations and constructions with a radical meontology, giving the most detailed analysis of non-being since Plato’s Sophist and Parmenides.

Books Four and Five contain Eriugena’s anthropology which has recently been the focus of much eriugsna interest. A number of interesting poems survive which show the breadth of Eriugena’s learning; but also portray him as a courtier quite well versed in political affairs.


If humans are thought to exist in a peripgyseon way, then angels do not exist in that way. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

What Scotus talks about — the nature of God, man eriubena the Eriuegna — generally drives me nuts. About Johannes Scottus Eriugena. From the Circle of Alcuin to the School of Auxerre: Eriugena circles around the object of his thought insistently, patiently, lovingly.

Of the creature he chooses to investigate for the most part only how he can be – for he refuses, under one aspect, to deny that the Creator and the creature are one thing. In presenting many of his cases, Eriugrna draws heavily on Greek Christian sources.

Although avoiding the term ‘structure’ itself, Eriugena builds his metaphysical system with identical components. On the Division of Nature.


He would appear to have been a teacher who became a philosopher. An especially important authority was Maximus Confessor, whose account of the return of all peripgyseon Eriugena copiously borrowed. These Causes, considered as diverse and infinite in themselves, are actually one single principle in the divine One. God is infinite and manifests Himself infinitely in His theophanies; the causes themselves are infinite; the created cosmos too would be infinite were friugena not for the Fall; finally, human nature is essentially unbounded and infinite.

Creation is a timeless, and hence on-going and always contemporary, event. So, sexual difference really makes no difference for humans, or as Eriugena boldly puts it: I declare that man consists of one and the same rational soul conjoined eriugnea the body in a mysterious manner, and that it is by a certain wonderful and intelligible division that man himself is divided into two parts, in one periphyswon which he is created in the image and likeness of the Creator, and participates in no animality … while in the other he communicates with the animal nature and was produced out of the earth, that is to say, out of the common nature of all things, and is included in the universal genus of animals.


In the PeriphyseonEriugena repeats the position of the De Praedestinatione that God does not know evil, and, in a periphhseon sense, God may be said not to know anything; his ignorance is the highest wisdom.

His main work, Periphyweonwas revived by twelfth-century Neoplatonists, and also circulated in a compendium, Clavis Physicae [The Key of Nature] of Honorius Augustodunensis. The fifth mode offered by Eriugena is essentially theological and applies solely to humans: God’s transcendent otherness above creatures is precisely that which allows creatures to be within God and yet other than God.

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. In the course of this discussion the Categories have been shown to be so closely interrelated that Alumnus is compelled to ask for their properties to be clearly distinguished B C 3. Because of his interpretation of pseudo-Augustine: This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Goetschel Roland marked it as to-read Nov 25, Elsewhere, Eriugena calls these ‘primordial causes’ causae primordiales.

Sheldon-Williams had assembled materials for the edition of Books Four and Five and had completed a draft English translation of these books, which was periphyeeon separately in one volume edited by John J.