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Gregory of Nyssa on Dr John Dunn's website.

Platonic tradition

At the point that the false axiomatic assumptions of the Dark Ages were exposed as a deadly fantasy, leading civilisation towards a tragic conclusion (such as the chaos of the 14th Century), there was a re-emergence of ideas that had lain dormant for many centuries.

The ideas that broke the mould of the Middle Ages were revolutionary, advanced by individuals at the crucial moment of self-weakening of the Guelph forces. John Dunn on tradition. However, without the underground preservation of the Platonic tradition, mere rebellion would have led inevitably to suppression and further social stasis under a regime of ultra-feudalism.

The preservers of this tradition were united in looking towards an Hellenic Jesus, whose example held out the possibility of epoptika, i.e. Eleusinian transfiguration, convergence with the one, the deification of man, capax Dei no less.

Key figures who maintained the Platonic tradition under the tyranny of Jehovianism included Gregory of Nyssa (pictured above), the pseudo-Dionysius, John Scotus Eriugena and Bernardus Silvestris.


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Speaking tool Speaking tool
Failure to arrogate this world of collectivised humanity (hampered by misguided or fraudulent education) transforms the individual into a slave, a ‘speaking tool’ of alienated universally human forces, activity personified as money and capital, and further as the state, law, religion, and so on.
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Quote every hour: No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and clich?, not from real life. Ezra Pound

On the particularity On the particularity
That this was the universalised state of modern times and not co-extensive either Jews or women, was insightfully recognised by the individualist-anarchist Dora Marsden. Weininger's genius, she says, was to recognise the two great oppositions, personality and amorphousness; his ‘boyish misstatement’ to locate these respectively in men, and in Jews and women.
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