6228Re: [neoplatonism] RE: Moderatus
- Feb 1, 2014Dennis and John Dillon have pointed out the possible resemblance between
Moderatus and Plato's Unwritten/inner-Academic doctrines.
It has seemed puzzling to modern exegetes how, for Moderatus, the sensible
world does not participate in the Forms or the One, but is "set in order"
by their reflection.
Well, Themistius writes as follows (In Phys. IV 2, 209b11-17 Schenkl =
Gaiser, Testimonia Platonica 54B':
"Plato says *hulê* and *khôra* are the same in the Timaeus. ...although he
says *Hulê* receives the forms in a different way in the Timaeus, and in a
different way in the unwritten doctrines (*en tois agraphois dogmasin*).
For there [sc. in the Timaeus] he says it is by participation (*kata
methexin), whereas in the Unwritten (sc. doctrines) he says it is by
resemblance (*kath' homoiôsin*)".
Now it is not far, I think, from a doctrine that says that the sensible
world is brought into order by reflection from the first three hypostases,
and one that claims matter receives the forms by resemblance. After all, a
mirror acts by reflection and produces resemblances.....
So, is Moderatus reproducing Plato's Ungeschriebene Lehre?
CNRS UPR 76
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