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Activity and Participation in Non-Christian Thought

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199605965
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605965.003.0002

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Activity and Participation in Non-Christian Thought

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Investigates the development of doctrines of activity and participation in pagan philosophy. It starts with Plato’s doctrine of Forms, but dwells mainly on Aristotle’s distinction between potentiality and activity or actuality, and culminates with Plotinus’ doctrine of double activity. A central topic is how God is related to the cosmos as its creative cause.

Keywords: activity; actuality; Aristotle; creative cause; cosmos; double activity; Forms; God; Plato; Plotinus; potentiality; participation

Chapter.  8088 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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