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Proclus and Damascius on Plato's Parmenides

Chairs: Florin Calian ( and Alexandru Pelin (

Plato’s Parmenides was a constant challenge for the Neoplatonists, in their endeavor to expand their doctrines, but also to criticize their predecessors within the Neoplatonic School. This panel is dedicated to the differences and similarities in Proclus’ and Damascius’ readings of Plato’s Parmenides, as paradigmatic for late Neoplatonic philosophy. Another aspect to be considered is how much of their enterprise was a dogmatic one and tributary to a Neoplatonic agenda, and the degree of innovation that their interpretation exemplified. Papers that deal with comparisons between Proclus and Damascius, separated features of their reading of Plato’s Parmenides, or traces of a critical attitude towards the Neoplatonic program in the writings of these two authors are welcome.