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Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen


This book is an investigation into two basic concepts of ancient pagan and Christian thought, namely activity and participation. It shows how activity in Christian thought is connected with the topic of participation: for the lower levels of being to participate in the higher means to receive the divine activity into their own ontological constitution. It is mainly a discussion of some important Church Fathers. Against a background of Aristotelian and Neoplatonist philosophy, the book discusses Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, Maximus the Confessor, and culminates with a chapter on ... More

Keywords: activity, Aristotle, creation, deification, energy, essence, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Palamas, Incarnation, Maximus the Confessor, participation, Plato, Plotinus, salvation, Trinitarian generation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, author
Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas, University of Oslo