Late Ancient Philosophy and Theology (EN)


JAN OPSOMER is Professor of Ancient Philosophy in the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He has published extensively on the Platonic tradition in antiquity. He is the author of In Search of the Truth: Academic Tendencies in Middle Platonism (1998). He has translated, together with Carlos Steel, Proclus, On the Existence of Evils (2003), and Proclus, Ten Problems concerning Providence (2012). He has co-edited The Origins of the Platonic System. Platonisms of the Early Empire and their Philosophical Context (2009) and Meditations and representations. The philosopher and emperor Marcus Aurelius in an interdisciplinary light (2012).



Jan Opsomer, In Search of the Truth. Academic Tendencies in Middle Platonism(Verhandelingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten van België, Klasse der Letteren, Nr. 163), Brussel, 1998, 332 p.


Jan Opsomer,  & Carlos Steel, Did Christian Neoplatonism Evolve Directly From the Ancient Philosophical Tradition?, in: Paul Allen Miller – Charles Platter (ed.), History in Dispute, 20, Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies, Detroit – New York – San Francisco, Thomson Gale, 2005, p. 204-211


Jan Opsomer, M. Annius Ammonius: a Philosophical Profile, in: Mauro Bonazzi – Jan Opsomer (ed.), The origins of the Platonic system. Platonisms of the Early Empire and their philosophical contexts (Collection d’études classiques, 23), Louvain – Namur – Paris – Walpole, MA, Peeters – Société des Études Classiques, 2009, p. 123-186


Jan Opsomer, In defence of geometric atomism: explaining elemental properties, in: Horn, Christoph – Wilberding, James (eds), Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of nature, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, p. 147-173


Jan Opsomer, Mathematical explanation and the philosophy of nature in late ancient philosophy: Astronomy and the theory of the elements, in: Documenti e studi sulla tradizione filosofica medievale, 23, 2012, p. 65-106