Evagrius’ Cosmology and Metaphysics

Doru Costache published the article ‘A Note on Evagrius’ Cosmological and Metaphysical Statements’ in the prestigious Oxford University Press outlet, The Journal of Theological Studies (71:2 (2020) 718-730).

Abstract: Overall, contemporary scholars consider Evagrius’ Chapters on Knowledge a metaphysical work which proposes a fully fledged cosmology. This cosmology refers to the preexistence of a spiritual universe and the final dematerialisation of the cosmos. Recent scholars, however, challenge the metaphysical assumption, advocating a monastic interpretation. I apply to Chapters the monastic lens of Evagrius’ The Monk and The Gnostic, proposing that his metaphysical and cosmological narrative encodes a map of the spiritual experience. My approach also relies on recent reinterpretations of Evagrius’ masters and intellectual heirs.

The article can be accessed here.