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Content of the Dionysian Corpus (2022)

Riggs, T. (2022). Content of the Dionysian Corpus. In M. Edwards, D. Pallis, & G. Steiris (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite (pp. 33-47). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198810797.013.2

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All authors or editorsRiggs, Timothy

Parent publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite

Parent publication editorsEdwards, Mark; Pallis, Dimitrios; Steiris, Georgios


Publication year2022

Pages range33-47

Number of pages in the book752

PublisherOxford University Press

Place of PublicationOxford

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access


This essay examines the content of the Dionysian Corpus in order to demonstrate the unity of its two fundamental characters: Christian and Neoplatonic. The essay takes as its cornerstone the Neoplatonic, metaphysical cycle of causality, in its Proclean form, using it to show how Dionysius the Areopagite uses it to interpret the hierarchical vision of reality which he finds in Holy Scripture and in the organization of the Church. It shows that Dionysius is consistent in his description of Jesus Christ as the source and driver of this cycle and in his presentation of it throughout the treatises which comprise the corpus. In this way, it shows that Dionysius regards Neoplatonic philosophy, at least as much of it as he appropriates, can be put to use as the handmaiden of Christian revelation.

KeywordsMedieval philosophyEarly Middle AgestheologyChristianity (religions)neoplatonismmetaphysicscausalityGod's revelation

Free keywordsPseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite; Christianity; Neoplatonism; Proclus; causality; hierarchy

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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