The Ethics of The Tripartite Tractate (NHC I, 5): A Study of Determinism and Early Christian Philosophy of Ethics

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Abstract

In The Ethics of The Tripartite Tractate (NHC I, 5) Paul Linjamaa offers the first full length thematical monograph on the longest Valentinian text extant today. By investigating the ethics of The Tripartite Tractate, this study offers in-depth exploration of the text's ontology, epistemology, theory of will, and passions, as well as the anthropology and social setting of the text.

Valentinians have often been associated with determinism, which has been presented as “Gnostic” and then not taken seriously, or been disregarded as an invention of ancient intra-Christian polemics. Linjamaa challenges this conception and presents insights into how early Christian determinism actually worked, and how it effectively sustained viable and functioning ethics.

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  • History of Religions
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages326
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04- 40776-3
ISBN (Print)978-90-04- 40775-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 7
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

Publication series

NameNag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies
PublisherBrill
Volume95
ISSN (Print)978-90-04
ISSN (Electronic)0929-2470