The Category of the Ethico-Aesthetics in the Study of Byzantine Philosophy

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George Arabatzis

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The category of the Ethico-Aesthetics, introduced by Søren Kierkegaard, was applied to the study of Byzantine Philosophy by the Greek philoso­pher and theologian Nikolaos Matsoukas (1934–2006). Matsoukas vehe­mently rejected the identification of Byzantine philosophy with a strict Christian moralism. Rather, he viewed it as an ethos which did not lead the ascetics to display Manichean contempt for the body. It was thus a kind of ‘mild asceticism’. This ethical acceptance of the body turns against Neoplatonic speculation and cultivates the habitus that leads to artistic creativity. Byzantine philosophy is thus situated at the midpoint between nominalism and realism, but standing against the realism of the archetypal ideas. The paper concludes with some considerations on the pragmatics of Byzantine philosophy in a Christian world.

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Arabatzis, G. (2020) “The Category of the Ethico-Aesthetics in the Study of Byzantine Philosophy”, Peitho. Examina Antiqua, 11(1), pp. 171-184. doi: 10.14746/pea.2020.1.7.
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