In Search of the Good : The Role of Recognition in Proclus and Maximus the Confessor
Riggs, Timothy (2016). In Search of the Good : The Role of Recognition in Proclus and Maximus the Confessor. Open Theology, 2, 457-470. DOI: 10.1515/opth-2016-0037
Published inOpen Theology
© 2016 Timothy Riggs
The concept of recognition is increasing in importance in political and social philosophy as a means of explaining and dealing conceptually with the problems of multiculturalism. Nevertheless, the phenomena which this concept signifies, namely human capacities for intersubjectivity, belong to human beings even before the development of the modern concept. This article explores how the content of the concept of recognition plays a role in two Platonic philosophies of Late Antiquity, those of the Neoplatonic philosopher Proclus and the Christian philosopher, monk and theologian Maximus the Confessor. It is shown that their versions of a metaphysics of the Good provides the foundation for a moral and ethical vision of human life which makes recognitive judgements – which make acts of recognition possible – a necessity for human action. Although proper recognition pertains to the rational recognition of the First Cause as the true end of all human action, nevertheless Proclus and Maximus make recognitive judgements not only possible but a necessary function of even the lower, irrational faculties of soul. In this way, they explain how human beings have an innate capacity at all levels of cognition for recognizing things and other people as goods to be pursued or avoided. ...
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Searching for the human factor : psychology, power and ideology in Hungary during the early Kádár period Laine-Frigren, Tuomas (University of Jyväskylä, 2016)
The Influence of the Avicennan Theory of Science on Philosophical Sufism : The Concept of the Divine Science in Qūnawī and Fanārī Daşdemir, Yusuf (Brill, 2020)This article discusses the application of the Avicennan theory of demonstrative science on taṣawwuf, or the Divine Science (al-ʿilm al-ilāhī), by members of the Akbarian tradition, particularly Ibn ʿArabī’s (d. 1240) stepson ...
Notions of artist as the hero : a Nietzschean reading on the philosophical relationship of Otto Rank and Sigmund Freud Moilanen, Lauri Anssi (2019)The goal of this study is to explore the development of Otto Rank's (1884-1939) philosophy through his shifting conceptions of heroism. The focus is specifically on the notion of Artist as the Hero. The investigation is ...
The compendium of self-enactable techniques to change and self-manage motivation and behaviour v.1.0 Knittle, Keegan; Heino, Matti; Marques, Marta M.; Stenius, Minna; Beattie, Marguerite; Ehbrecht, Franziska; Hagger, Martin S.; Hardeman, Wendy; Hankonen, Nelli (Nature Publishing Group, 2020)Behaviour change techniques describe the content of behaviour change interventions, but do not adequately account for the actions that people must themselves undertake to successfully change or self-manage motivation or ...
Laine-Frigren, Tuomas (Oxford University Press, 2020)Marxist ideas influenced and inspired psychological thinking and practice in the 20th century in a range of ways. In different parts of the world, unique versions of Marxist psychology emerged as answers to questions and ...