On Providence

On Providence

Translated by Carlos Steel
The universe is, as it were, one machine, wherein the celestial spheres are analogous to the interlocking wheels and the particular beings are like the things moved by the wheels and all events are determined by an inescapable necessity. To speak of free choice or self determination is only an illusion we human beings cherish. Thus writes Theodore the engineer to his old friend Proclus.

Proclus' reply is one of the most remarkable discussions on fate, providence and free choice in Late Antiquity. It continues a long debate that had started with the first polemics of the Platonists against the Stoic doctrine of determinism. How can there be place for free choice and moral responsibility in a world governed by an unalterable fate? Notwithstanding its great interest, Proclus' treatise has not received the attention it deserves, probably because its text is not very accessible to the modern reader. It has survived only in a Latin medieval translation. This first English translation will bring the arguments he formulates again to the fore.

Carlos Steel

Carlos Steel is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Philosophy and former President of the Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leuven.



Iohannes Scottus Eriugena
The Bible and Hermeneutics—Proceedings of the Ninth International Colloquium of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies, Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, June 7–10, 1995
Gerd Van Riel, Carlos Steel, James McEvoy
This volume contains essays which shed light on numerous aspects of Eriugena's hermeneutics of Scripture.



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Contributions:

Ptolemy's "Tetrabiblos" in the Translation of William of Moerbeke
Claudii Ptolemaei Liber Iudicialium
This is the first edition of Moerbeke's Latin translation of Ptolemy’s celebrated astrological handbook, known under the title Tetrabiblos or Quadripartitum (opus). Ptolemy’s treatise (composed after 141 AD) offers a systematic overview of astrological science and had, together with his Almagest, an enormous influence up until the 17th century



Paganism in the Middle Ages
Threat and Fascination



Henry of Ghent and the Transformation of Scholastic Thought
Studies in Memory of Jos Decorte
Throws light on the particular renewal of the theological and philosophical tradition which Henry of Ghent brought about and elucidates various aspects of his metaphysics and epistemology ethics, and theology.



Speculum Divinorum et Quorundam Naturalium
On the Heavens, the Divine Movers and the First Intellect
Henricus Bate



Speculum Divinorum et Quorundam Naturalium
On the Unity of Intellect and On the Platonic Doctrine of the Ideas
Henricus Bate



Speculum Divinorum et Quorundam Naturalium
On the Nature of Matter and On the Intellect as Form of Man
Henricus Bate



Speculum Divinorum et Quorundam Naturalium
On Platonic Philosophy
Henricus Bate









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Interdisciplinary Studies : Classics
Philosophy : History of Philosophy

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