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LINGUIST List 18.3392

Thu Nov 15 2007

Books: Philosophy of Language/Ling&Literature: Weiner

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Eriugenas negative Ontologie: Weiner

Message 1: Eriugenas negative Ontologie: Weiner
Date: 13-Nov-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Eriugenas negative Ontologie: Weiner
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Title: Eriugenas negative Ontologie
Series Title: Bochumer Studien zur Philosophie 46
Published: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=BSP%2046

Author: Sebastian Florian Weiner
Hardback: ISBN: 9060323777 9789060323779 Pages: 229 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9060323777 9789060323779 Pages: 229 Price: U.S. $ 142.00

Recently, there has been an upsurge of interest in the work
Periphyseon of the early medieval philosopher John Scot Eriugena.
Previous research has classified the book either as a piece of Neoplatonic
philosophy or as part of the Latin dialectic tradition, which has led to
one-sided interpretations. The present publication focuses instead on the
philosophical claims defended in the Periphyseon itself, examines
its originality and discusses the soundness of its argumentation. As a
result, a hitherto unnoticed basic thought of the work has been uncovered,
namely the concept of a negative ontology, according to which all substance
is completely incomprehensible. This notion constitutes the greatest
innovation of Eriugena's thought. In keeping with his negative ontology,
Eriugena downgrades the fourfold division of nature that he had presented
at the beginning of his work. A critical survey of the current readings of
Eriugena as a Neoplatonist and idealist completes this book.

In jüngerer Zeit rückt das Werk Periphyseon des
frühmittelalterlichen Denkers Johannes Scottus Eriugena zunehmend in den
Fokus der philosophischen Forschung. Die bisherigen Untersuchungen ordnen
das Werk entweder der neuplatonischen Denkrichtung oder der lateinischen
Dialektiktradition zu, und richten dementsprechend ihre Interpretation
daran aus. Die vorliegende Veröffentlichung hingegen betrachtet vorrangig
die Darstellung und Argumentation im Periphyseon selbst, prüft
detailliert den Innovationsgehalt und die Überzeugungskraft der Aussagen.
Als Ergebnis zeigt sich ein bislang ungesehener Grundgedanke des Werks, der
einer negativen Ontologie. Diese Ontologie verneint jegliche Bestimmbarkeit
aller Substanz. Sie macht die eigentliche Innovation in Eriugenas Denken
aus. Im Hinblick auf diese löst er die zu Anfang des Werks präsentierte
Vierteilung der Gesamtnatur wieder auf. Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung
mit der bisherigen Einordnung Eriugenas als Neuplatoniker und Idealist
rundet das Buch ab.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: German, Standard (deu )

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