25 Gen 2023 17:00

FLOS LECTURES - Individuality in Late Antique Armenian Patristics



FLOS LECTURES – Second series
Patristic Metaphysics: The Birth of a New Philosophy from the Crucible of Theology


25 November, 2022 – 17.00 CET
Johannes Zachhuber (University of Oxford)
Patristic Philosophy in the Sixth Century. Trends and Controversies

20 December, 2022 – 17.00 CET
Giovanni Mandolino (Università di Padova)
Actual Riots and Ontological Revolutions. Remarks on John Philoponus' Theological Thought

25 January, 2023 – 16.00 CET
Benedetta Contin (Universität Wien)
Individuality in Late Antique Armenian Patristics

24 February, 2023 – 16.30 CET
Christophe Erismann (Universität Wien)
Christology, Universals, and Individualit

As a result of critical engagement with Syriac patristic florilegia, the ERC project FLOS – Florilegia Syriaca found itself grappling analytically with metaphysical problems that stood at the center of the most relevant theological issues of late antique Christianity. The Council of Chalcedon and the Christological controversies of the fifth century CE sparked new questions that figured prominently in each of the three major churches of the Christian East (the Chalcedonian, the Miaphysite and the East Syrian). Armed with Aristotelian metaphysics (mediated through the Cappadocians), major intellectual figures of the day engaged in an active reuse and transformation of ancient philosophical concepts – drawing especially from Aristotle’s Categories and Porphyry’s Isagoge – to develop their own new and complex metaphysics. Such metaphysics were then applied to Christological and Trinitarian polemics.

The second series of FLOS Lectures, “Patristic Metaphysics: The Birth of a New Philosophy from the Crucible of Theology” will explore significant aspects of this new Christian metaphysics, with particular attention to the end of the long patristic age in Byzantium and beyond (6th-9th centuries CE).

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 758732).

Image credits: Cyril of Alexandria in a fresco from the Church of Mār Mūsā, Syria


Department of Asian and North African Studies (Emiliano Fiori, Bishara Ebeid)


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