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John J. O’Meara


This book deals with Johannes Scottus Eriugena, an Irish scholar at the Court of Charles the Bald in France in the second half of the 9th century — to be clearly distinguished from John Duns Scotus (1264–1308), after whom ‘Scotist’ philosophy is named. Eriugena’s main work, Periphyseon (de divisione naturae), is a remarkable attempt at a real intellectual synthesis between the Bible and Neoplatonist philosophy. It was not looked upon with great favour in the West except by the mystics and, more recently, by German Idealist philosophers of the last century. Now, however, because of the growth o ... More

Keywords: Johannes Scottus Eriugena, Charles the Bald, France, ninth century, Periphyseon, de divisione naturae, Bible, Neoplatonist philosophy, mystics, German Idealist philosophers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. O’Meara, author
the Royal Irish Academy