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Title: Alle origini del pensiero filosofico armeno. Eznik di Koghb e Dawith l'Invincibile
Authors: Contin, Benedetta
Keywords: Armenian cultural milieu
Dawith the Invincible
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: This article aims to make some preliminary remarks on how philosophical thought and doctrines were introduced into the Armenian literature and cultural space through two main works, 'The Refutation of the Sects' by Eznik of Koghb and 'The Definition of Philosophy' attributed to Dawith the Invincible. We try to underline either Eznik's and Dawith's methodological approach to philosophical speech and thought. Eznik wrote his main work for the refutation of the pagan, Mazdeistic and Christian sects, following the philosophical way of confutation. Although he shows a thought which is really philosophical, even in choosing terminology, he is yet deep-rooted to his contemporary instances and needs, essentially theological and apologetical. The role of pure Philosopher is ascribed on the contrary to Dawith who brought a new philosophical and scientific lexicon and, especially, a systematic approach of philosophy into the Armenian cultural space. Furthermore Dawith introduced the sciences' classification system, which would be very useful in Medieval age for the constitution of Trivial and Quadrivial Sciences. 'The Definition of Philosophy' is addressed to anybody wants to hug philosophical science, since the author thought his work as a refutation of those denying the existence of philosophy, that is the Sceptics. The work was written in Greek in the Alexandrian milieu, probably towards the end of the fifth century, even if there are conflicts of opinions on the matter. The author shows out his Alexandrian Neoplatonist background while other works of the 'corpus davidicum' are more faithful to Aristotelian views. With regard to Neoplatonist traditions in 'The Definition of Philosophy', we find an interesting quotation from Platon's 'Timaeus' which Dawith uses to expound his cosmological vision in the first chapter.
ISSN: 1125-3762
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