Moran (Dermot)

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Moran, Dermot, “Christian Neoplatonism and the phenomenological tradition: the hidden influence of John Scottus Eriugena”, in: Willemien Otten, and Michael I. Allen (eds), Eriugena and Creation: proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies, held in honor of Edouard Jeauneau, Chicago, 9–12 November 2011, Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. 601–636.  
In this paper I examine the mostly hidden influence of John Scottus Eriugena in the phenomenological tradition. German Idealist philosophers, broadly speaking, embraced the work of John Scottus Eriugena. The classical phenomenologists (Husserl, Heidegger), however, followed their mentor Franz Brentano in showing a distinct affinity for the Aristotelian tradition with little interest in or sympathy for Christian Neoplatonism. Heidegger, however, developed a strong and life-long interest in Meister Eckhart and gradually it became more generally recognised that Eckhart’s conception of the divine stands in opposition to traditional ontotheology. The phenomenological tradition showed very little interest in Eriugena until the groundbreaking work of Werner Beierwaltes and more recently the original interpretations of Jean-Luc Marion. However, there was one significant exception to the neglect of Eriugena in phenomenology and that is the student of Husserl, phenomenologist and Leibniz scholar Dietrich Mahnke (1884- 1939) who discusses Eriugena incisively in his Unendliche Sphäre und Allmittelpunkt. Beiträge zur Genealogie der mathematischen Mystik (1937). Mahnke’s work places Eriugena at the centre of the discovery of the infinity of the divine and of the created universe. Mahnke had a strong influence on Alexandre Koyré, Hans Blumenberg and Karsten Harries, all of whom have been seeking to diagnose the impact of the discovery of infinity on the nature of modernity. Through Mahnke the radical thought of Eriugena entered the phenomenological tradition.
Moran, Dermot, “John Scottus Eriugena”, in: Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy, Online: Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University, ...–present.. URL: <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2008/entries/scottus-eriugena>.
Moran, Dermot, “Time and eternity in the Periphyseon”, in: J. McEvoy, and M. Dunne (eds), History and eschatology in John Scottus Eriugena and his time. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies, Maynooth and Dublin, August 16–20, 2000, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2002. 487–507.
Moran, Dermot, “Eriugena’s theory of language in the Periphyseon: explorations in the Neoplatonic tradition”, in: Próinséas Ní Chatháin, and Michael Richter (eds), Irland und Europa im früheren Mittelalter: Bildung und Literatur / Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages: learning and literature, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1996. 240–260.
Moran, Dermot, “Time, space and matter in John Scottus Eriugena: an examination of Eriugena’s account of the physical world”, in: Fran OʼRourke (ed.), At the heart of the real: philosophical essays in honour of the Most Reverend Desmond Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1992. 67–96.
Moran, Dermot, The philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena. A study of idealism in the Middle Ages, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.


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