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BEUKES, Johann. 'n Herlesing van Pseudo-Dionisius se metafisika. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2018, vol.74, n.4, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5111.

This article, by analysing, annotating en interpreting the most recent research in all relevant departments, provides a fresh and updated overview of the Neoplatonic metaphysics of Pseudo-Dionysius (ca. 500). After providing an introduction to Dionysius' metaphysics in terms of the contributions of Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism, the article explores his broader philosophical system. A number of traits that are uniquely Dionysic-metaphysical, are eventually isolated: the interpretation of transcendence as bound to immanence; the affirmation of God's transcendence in the world (that is, a metaphysics of 'creation as teophany'; following E.D. Perl); the radical transcendence and simultaneous radical immanence of God (that is, God as 'Beingness'); fundamental restrictions of language and the analogical 'Naming' of God; creation as a system of dialectical symbols about God; the analogical participation of the subject in creation; and unification (reditus, the 'flowing of things back to God'). These traits are utilised to reappraise the metaphysics of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) in a subsequent article.

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