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On the Existence of Evils : Ancient Commentators on Aristotle - Diadochus Proclus

On the Existence of Evils

Ancient Commentators on Aristotle

By: Diadochus Proclus, Jan Opsomer (Editor, Translator), Professor Carlos Steel (Editor, Translator)

Hardcover Published: 24th April 2003
ISBN: 9780715631980
Number Of Pages: 256

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Proclus' On the Existence of Evils is not a commentary, but helps to compensate for the dearth of Neoplatonist ethical commentaries. The central question addressed in the work is: How can there be evil in a providential world? Neoplatonists agree that it cannot be caused by higher and worthier beings. Plotinus had said that evil is matter, which, unlike Aristotle, he collapsed into mere privation or lack, thus reducing its reality. He also protected higher causes from responsibility by saying that evil may result from a combination of goods. Proclus objects: evil is real, and not the mere privation of form. Rather, it is a parasite feeding off good. Parasites have no proper cause, and higher beings are thus vindicated as being the causes only of the good off which evil feeds.

ISBN: 9780715631980
ISBN-10: 0715631985
Series: Ancient Commentators on Aristotle
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th April 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition