Eriugena’s contemporaries invariably refer to him as Joannes Scottus or Joannes Scottigena. In the manuscripts of the tenth and subsequent centuries the forms. The crucially important Christian mystic philosopher, translator, theologian and poet, John Scottus Eriugena (Johannes Scottus Eriugena or Scotus Erigena). Johannes Scotus Eriugena (c. –) was an Irish theologian, Neoplatonist philosopher, and poet. He is best known for translating and commenting on the.

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It deals with the problem raised by Gotteschalk regarding the doctrine of predestinationand, more specifically, undertakes to prove that predestination is single, not double — in other words, that there is no predestination to sin and punishment but only to grace and eternal happiness.

At the request of the emperor, he made a Latin translation of the scootus of Dionysius the Areopagite, which was followed later by translations of Maximus Confessor and Gregory of Nyssa.

Gale and Floss had published editions that combined into a single text both the text of the main body of the manuscript and the various marginal annotations in different hands. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Human nature may even require the application of affirmative and negative propositions: Robert Appleton Company, The Division of Nature has been called the final achievement of ancient philosophy, a work which “synthesizes the philosophical accomplishments of fifteen centuries.

Eriugena refers to the theosis or deification of human nature at Periphyseon I. A leading Eriugena scholar, Dermot Moran, synopsizes the main thrust of this early work: Secondly, the four divisions are not strictly a hierarchy in the usual Neoplatonic sense where there are higher and lower orders, rather, as Eriugena will explain, the first and fourth divisions both refer to God as the Beginning and End of all things, and the second and third divisions may also be thought to express the unity of the cause-effect relation.

But difference in number does not mean that God and man stand apart from each other as two identical billiard balls would occupy different places.


John Scotus Eriugena (Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Western Theology)

This composite version disguised the gradual evolution of the text and Jeauneau is of the opinion that this mixed type of edition is inadequate to the needs of scholarship. Works Selected List 3. He is best known for translating and commenting on the works of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.

For both the creature, by subsisting, is in God; and God, by manifesting himself, in a marvelous and ineffable manner creates himself in the creature Only of human nature can it be said that it is made in the image and likeness of God. The first is God as the ground or origin of all things, the last is God as the final end or goal of all things, that into which the world of created things ultimately returns.

Under his leadership, the Palatine School flourished and grew famous. Pseudo-Dionysius claims that God is the affirmation of all things, the negation of all things, and beyond all affirmation and denial in Eriugena’s translation: Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database.

Echoing similar divisions in Augustine De civitate Dei Bk.

His proficiency in the Greek eirugena which was rare at the time allowed him to have access to a greater scope of philosophies and theologies and to contribute significantly to the intellectual tradition of Western Europe. Edited by Carl Laga and Carlos Steel. The term of this process is that God be all in all, a motif Eriugena picks up from I Cor. Home People Philosophy and Religion Philosophy: In the state of innocence in which he was created, he was perfect in body as well as in soulindependent of bodily needs, and without differentiation of sex.

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John Scotus Erigena | Irish philosopher |

Human nature, even if it had not sinned, would have been unable to shine by its own strength; for human nature is not naturally light, but only participates in the light The Irish philosopher and theologian John Scotus Erigena ca. God knows that He is, but not what He is. Nature is to be understood as what is real in the widest sense, the totality of all things that are and are not.


Human nature is therefore essentially free: While that characterization is not entirely false, it could be said that Eriugena was simply trying to bring the diverse strands of Christian theology into agreement Christ is the coming together of the divine and the created orders.

God creates out of himself a se and all creation remains within him. See study by D. Augustine’s view that the creature, considered apart from God, is mere nothing. Eriugena had a justified reputation among his contemporaries as a man of considerable learning.

Gregory says those who try to glorify human nature by saying it is a microcosm actually do not glorify human nature at all.

It is possible he made other translations which have not survived or which cannot be definitively attributed to him. We are compelled to envisage this eternal process under the form of time, to apply temporal johannnes to that which is extra- or supra-temporal. The Periphyseon was popular among the philosophers of Chartres and St.

The doctrine of the final return of all things to God shows very clearly the influence of Origen.

John Scotus Eriugena (c.810/815-877)

Human self-ignorance mirrors the divine self-ignorance; human incomprehensibility mirrors divine incomprehensibility. Augustine bishop of Hippo, North Africa, d.

The form of exposition is that of dialogue ; the method of reasoning is the syllogism. God is the source of both dona [gifts of grace] and data [what are given in nature], both are revelations of the divine nature.