The Role of Human Being in Demiurgy According to Iamblichus David Partskhaladze
The Role of Human Being in Demiurgy According to Iamblichus
Iamblichus (245-325) was among those representatives of the late Platonic philosophy for whom Theurgical practices were strongly connected to their philosophical thinking and way of life.
It is noteworthy that in recent decades number of researches has been devoted to the interrelationship of religion and philosophy in antiquity, which has further increased interest in Iamblichus as the philosopher and the theurgist and his theory of the human soul, as well as the importance of its role in Demiurgy. The positive understanding of the embodiment of the soul is one of the starting points of Iamblichean philosophy, which has its foundation in Plato’s Timaeus.
The aim of the Theurgical practices is to make a human being, first with dialectical thinking, to conceive his/her own self as nothing, and then through the spiritual catharsis and the participation in Theurgic symbols, changing his/her human self into divine, it means to take part in Demiurgy at the level of microcosm and macrocosm.
Iamblichus makes clear distinction between the significance/aim of the Theurgic practices, as rising up over one’s own private interests and selfish tendencies, and the forms of sorcery that serve only to gain influence over the masses or to pursue particular interests.
De mysteriis, or Iamblichus’ answer to Porphyry’s Letter to Anebo, aims to abolish misconceptions about Theurgy through philosophical argumentation and reassess its significance.