Divine Powers in Late Antiquity. Oxford University Press. Oxford. 2017. £65.00.>The volume brings together some of the papers presented at a conference held in Brussels in 2013 on the theme of divine powers in Late Antiquity, with invited papers added on later. It is divided into two parts, the first discussing the notion in pagan Neoplatonism, the other bearing on some of the most important Jewish and early Christian teachings.Plotinus’ use of the concept of δύναµις is complex, with occasional divergences, and Kevin Corrigan connects an overall survey with an analysis of some principal passages (e.g., III 8, 8.1-8; VI 2, 20.13-26; VI 7, 40. 5-18). He also makes a link with Aristotle’s notion and emphasizes that Plotinus inscribes Aristotle’s δύναµις-ἐνέργεια theory within the broad framework that he adapts from Plato. On Aristotle’s account, potentiality requires a previous item which actualizes it. This view is in sharp contrast with the Plotinian distinction between potential existence and power with a stress on the active aspect of the latter.1 To give just one sample, the Intellect defines itself by the power acquired from the One (V 1, 7. 9-17). In fact, it has two powers, one directed inwards, to see the
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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