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  • Print publication year: 2000
  • Online publication date: May 2011

34 - Syrianus

from VI - Late Platonism
Summary
Information about the life of Syrianus is limited to what can be deduced from what we know about the life of Proclus, Syrianus' disciple. Syrianus' interpretation of Plato's Parmenides certainly went on to have an important influence on the theology of his disciple, Proclus and, through him, on much later metaphysical philosophy. Although there has been no direct transmission of Syrianus' theological teaching, most of it can be read in Proclus' Commentary on the Parmenides and his Platonic Theology. In his commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics, Syrianus formulates his doctrine of the three levels of substance: intelligible substances, dianoetic substances, and sensible substances. Syrianus maintained that human souls had an eternal vehicle, a pneumatic vehicle, and a sensible body. It is seen in Syrianus, an attachment to the doctrine of independent Ideas and a related critique of abstraction as a method of generating axioms, and the influence of Iamblichus can be recognized.
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