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Volume 15/16, 2017/2018

Le Principe du Bien: Platon, Aristote et leur postérité

Marilena Vlad
Pages 565-587

Denys l’Aréopagite et le principe donateur de bien

In this article I discuss the perspective of Dionysius the Areopagite regarding the problem of the absolute Good. I begin with a short outline of the main Neoplatonic ideas concerning the identity between the One and the Good. I then try to show how, in Dionysius’ thinking, the role of the Good changes. The Good appears as the source of all procession and it aquires more and more names, as the procession advances. However, I also try to show the reverting manner in which these names (goodness, light, beauty and love) act.

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