Idolizing Paganism – Demonizing Christianity: à propos: N. Siniossoglou, Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon Cover Image
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Idolizing Paganism – Demonizing Christianity: à propos: N. Siniossoglou, Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon
Idolizing Paganism – Demonizing Christianity: à propos: N. Siniossoglou, Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon

Author(s): Christiaan W. Kappes
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Paganism; Christianity: à propos: N. Siniossoglou; Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon

Summary/Abstract: Dr. Niketas Siniossoglou’s hefty tome1 attempts to provide the reader with an intellectual history of Byzantium, while it also seeks to solve riddles of Gemistos Plethon’s thought and intellectual character. Plethon´s „paganism,“ his place in the history of Byzantine thought (especially à propos historical rival movements, e.g., Palamism), and other themes are touched upon in S.’s work as the result of highly specialized research with an eye toward enlightening the reader to obscure aspects of Byzantine intellectual thought. This review will evaluate S.´s contribution by both contextualizing his approach and noting his method. It will also attempt to critique S.´s hermeneutic by reviewing select arguments within his work. Unfortunately, one foreboding aspect of this work is its price (originally priced at £ 70.00 or € 91.00). However, should an author successfully change the direction of scholarly discussion in his field, the specialist may find that the book price is well worth it.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 210-243
  • Page Count: 34
  • Language: English