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Dionysius Reading Group

Dionysius of Areopagite was a late fifth or early sixth century AD Christian Neoplatonist who, in the guise of an Athenian disciple of Paul of Tarsus, transformed the theology of Syrianus and Proclus.

The writings of the Corpus Dionysiacum have exercised an enormous influence on medieval, early modern, and contemporary thinkers, including Maximus the Confessor, John Scotus Eriugena, Bonaventure, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Nicholas of Cusa, Marsilio Ficino, John of the Cross, Gregory Palamas, Vladimir Soloviev, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion.

The purpose of the writings as well the identity of the author, that mysterious early sixth century philosopher, mystic and theologian known to us only through his nom de plume as “Dionysius the Areopagite,” have given rise to endless debates between historians, philosophers, and theologians.

We will meet fortnightly to continue our exploration of the Corpus Dionysiacum.  We have in Michelmas term 2017, read the Celestial Hierarchy, and, in Lent term 2018, read the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy.  We will, in the Easter term 2018, continue to read the Divine Names, focusing on the issues of greatest interest to the group.

Selected readings will be sent by email to members who have joined the mailing list.  Please e-mail the organizers to join (see below).  We ask all participants to read, if possible, the relevant parts of the selected readings in advance, so that we may all enjoy a fruitful discussion. 

Easter Term 2018

Meeting 1 (May 2nd): Divine Names Chapters 1-4
Meeting 2 (May 16th): Divine Names Chapters 5-8
Meeting 3 (May 30th): Divine Names Chapters 9-13
Meeting 4 (June 13th): Mystical Theology

Text available online

Meeting place: Peterhouse (F5)

Meeting dates: May 2nd, May 16th, May 30th, June 13th

Meeting time: 20:00-22:00 (8-10 PM).

Everyone is welcome.  Invite Friends.  Tea and biscuits will be provided.
Please e-mail Ryan (rh648@) to join the mailing list and RSVP in advance to attend.



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