Philosophica: International Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 29, Issue 58, December 2021

Recepções do Neoplatonismo

António Rocha Martins
Pages 9-31

Neoplatonismo Político Medieval
Receção de Proclo

The political foundation tends to be consummated to the exact extent that any referent of theological content is completely excluded. Constantly associated with the intelligible and with the ideal of deifying man, neither Neoplatonism nor medieval thought could contemplate any reference of political content. This article aims to show precisely that the medieval reception of Proclus, simultaneously with the mediation of Pseudo-Dionysus, reveals a political meaning present in the thought of the Greek Neoplatonic philosopher. Specifically, it examines the way in which Proclus is used by the ecclesiological--political discourse of the last third of the 13th century, seeking to find in him the foundation and legitimacy for a form of government (monarchical-absolutist).