This project is placed in the context of Late Antiquity, at the crossroads of the Neoplatonic philosophical thought and of the Christian theological meditation, focusing on the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. Specifically, I intend to discuss the Neoplatonic sources of the Corpus Dionysiacum, examining by means of a philosophical and philological method the fundamental idea which runs throughout the meditation of Pseudo-Dionysius and the Neoplatonic tradition: the existence of a first principle beyond being and thinking. The core of my analysis is represented by three fundamental themes: the overcoming of being, the unknowing of God, and the role of discourse. My aim is a double one: on the one hand, to find out what Pseudo-Dionysius actually takes from the Neoplatonic tradition; on the other hand, to discover the decisive aspects in which he exceeds this tradition, by the new solutions he gives to these Neoplatonic philosophical problems.

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Alexandru Dragomir – Institute for Philosophy project