Πᾶσα ἐπιστροφὴ δι’ ὁμοιότητος ἀποτελεῖται τῶν ἐπιστρεφομένων πρὸς ὃ ἐπιστρέφεται.
All reversion is accomplished through a likeness of the reverting terms to the goal of reversion.Proclus, Elements of Theology, prop. 32
This is why the philosopher’s goal is to become like the Gods, insofar as possible.
Apropos recent discussions of how theurgy is (just) cultus, a passage from Proclus’ treatise On Providence. Proclus is responding to an argument against providence, where his interlocutor claims that the possibility of knowing the future through divination entails that nothing is up to us.
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After two years of reading Neoplatonic commentaries, and some of the more helpful scholarly literature, I decided last month that it was finally time to tackle Proclus’ Elements of Theology. I figure that if I study and meditate on one proposition every morning, I can work my way through the entire text by about the Summer Solstice. This is the first of an occasional series of posts, reflecting on that intellectual journey.
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