Proclus' Metaphysical Elements
Translated from the Original Greek by
THOS. M. JOHNSON
Editor of The Platonist
"Virtuous, therefore, is the man who relieves the corporeal wants of others, who
wipes away the tear of sorrow, and gives agony repose; but more virtuous he who, by
disseminating wisdom, expels ignorance from the soul, and thus benefits the immortal
part of man. For it may indeed be truly said, that he who has not even a knowledge of
common things is a brute among men, that he who has an accurate knowledge of
human concerns alone is a man among brutes; but that he who knows all that can be
known by intellectual energy is a God among men."
OSCEOLA, MISSOURI, U.S.A.
WILLIAM T. HARRIS, LL. D.,
The Greatest American Thinker,
who for over fifty years has battled in defense
of God, Freedom and Immortality, against
sottish atheists and materialists, this book is dedicated
as an expression of admiration and friendship.
On the One...
On Producing Causes and Effects...
IV. On the First Good, Which is Called The Good Itself...
On The Self-sufficient...
VI. On Cause...
VII. On the Immovable and Self-motive Principle or Cause...
VIII. On an Incorporeal Essence, and What the Characteristic of it is... 14
That Intellect is not the First Cause...
On the Imparticipable...
XI. On the Perfect...
XII. On that Which Produces...
XIII. On the Perpetual, Demonstrating That the World is Perpetual... 39
XIV. On Eternity and Eternal Natures...
XV. On Providence...
XVI. On Intellect...
XVII. On Soul...
Additional Notes and Elucidative Excerpts...
Proclus, the famous philosopher, mathematician, and
poet, came into the world of time and sense on the 8th
day of February, A. D. 410, at Byzantium, and mi-