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God's Acting, Man's Acting: Tradition and Philosophy in Philo of Alexandria (Francesca Calabi) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2008) 9789004162709
God's Acting, Man's Acting: Tradition and Philosophy in Philo of Alexandria (Francesca Calabi) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2008) 9789004162709
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Title: God's Acting, Man's Acting: Tradition and Philosophy in Philo of Alexandria

Author: Calabi, Francesca

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004162709

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 266

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The topic tackled in this book is Philo's account of the complex, double-sided nature of God's acting the two-sided coin of God as transcendent yet immanent, unknowable yet revealed, immobile yet creating and also the two sides of acting in humans who, in an attempt to imitate God, both contemplate and produce.In both contexts, divine and human, Philo considers that it would not be proper to give precedence to either side the result would be barren. God's acting and man's acting are at the same time both speculative and practical, and it is precisely out of this co-presence that the order of the world unfolds. Philo considers this two-sided condition as a source of complexity and fertility. Francesca Calabi argues that, far from being an irresolvable contradiction, Philo's two-fold vision is the key to understanding his works. It constitutes a richness that rejects reduction to apparently incompatible forms and aspects. ContentsPt. 1 The Nature of God Ch. 1 Plato and the Bible: Ontology and Theology in Philo 3Ch. 2 Simplicity and Absence of Qualities in God 17Ch. 3 Unknowability of God 39App. 1 The dazzling Light: a Metaphor on the Unknowability of God 57Pt. 2 The Mediation Activity Ch. 4 The Powers of God. Seraphim, Cherubim and Powers in Philo of Alexandria 73Ch. 5 Roles and Figures of Mediation 111Ch. 6 The Snake and the Horseman--Pleasure and Sophrosyne in Philo of Alexandria 127Pt. 3 God as a Model Ch. 7 Happiness and Contemplation. The Contemplative Life 155Conclusion 183App. 2 Philo of Alexandria and Ecphantus' by Peri Basileias 185App. 3 Galen and Moses 217
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