Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson starts a two part presentation on two important saints.
This broadcast is an academic lecture on the patristic idea of St. Gregory of Nyssa. Next week, it will be continued with Gregory the Theologian. This comes from my upcoming book, The Ontology of Death: Patristic Philosophy against Promethean Nominalism.
Often, those writing on the church fathers do not have a background in the history of metaphysics. On the other hand, those writing on metaphysics refuse to see the patristic writings as legitimate continuations of Plato’s metaphysics or even metaphysical systems at all. In a very weak way, this book tries to rectify this serious problem.
Realists believe, in one sense or another, in Forms. These are Archetypes and are Reality in the strict sense, hence the name “Realist.” Because material things are constantly in flux and our own human perception picks up only the tiniest aspect of the external world, the Forms are prerequisite for all knowledge.
Presented by Matt Johnson
The Orthodox Nationalist: Logos in St. Gregory of Nyssa – TON 090920