Chapter I. The Middle Platonists, The Mathematicians, and the Gnostics
- Frontismatter, preface, table of contents.
- » Chapter I. The Middle Platonists, The Mathematicians, and the Gnostics
- Chapter II. The First Christian negative theology: Justin and Clement
- Chapter III. Plotinus and abstraction
- Chapter IV. Origen: Christian mysticism without the via negativa
- Chapter V. The logic of negation; between Plotinus and Proclus
- Chapter VI. Proclus and positive negation
- Chapter VII. Damascius and Hyperignorance
- Chapter VIII. Arian negative theology: Aetius and Eunomius
- Chapter IX. Basil and Letter 38: the negative theology of the amateur
- Chapter X. Gregory of Nyssa and Eunomius: theology versus philosophy
- Chapter XI. Augustine: the importance of meaning and the unimportance of the negative method
- Chapter XII. Pseudo-Dionysius: a positive view of language and the via negativa
- Chapter XIII. Conclusion
- Appendix I.
- Appendix II.
- Bibliography and Index
Chapter Contents: The question of the limits of discourse, 13; negative theology and anthropomorphism, 14; the disappearance of the via negativa from scholarly interest, 15; the Festugiere view on the continuity of mystical philosophy, 16; the Middle Platonists, 17; the terms of negative theology, 18; the role of the Mathematicians in its development, 20; Origen on this point, 24; the Gnostics and their interest in incommunicability (the Tripartite Tractate, Marcus and Basilides), 25; the Gnostics and the Neoplatonists on language, 27.