Luc Brisson

Diakosmos chez Proclus

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Keywords: Proclus, diakosmos, procession, conversion

The aim of this essay is to investigate the complex meaning of the term in Proclus’ writings and the specific roles it plays in his metaphysical system. Apart from the Homeric derivation of this word and so its evident existence in the ancient Greek culture, it assumes an essential value in the proclean philosophy. In effect, in Proclus’ reflection the term diakosmos is recurring, especially in relation to a strict sense of, to identify a specific notion of metaphysical order into a hierarchical scheme. In the following essay, I shall show off its singular meanings with respect to its different quotations in the main proclean works, paying a great attention to its way to indicate a sort of rational world where it is possible to notice protological consequences of the henological procession from, and conversion to, the higher hypostases.

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