hierarchy of natural beings

The Neoplatonic Tetrad in the Context of the Topic of the Hierarchy of Beings in the Patristic Thought: Maximus the Confessor and John of Damascus

The article traces how the topic of the hierarchy of the participating beings, given by Dionysius the Areopagite on the basis of the Neo-platonic tetrad (Goodness, Being, Life, Mind), and, as it is supposed, of the doctrine of the hierarchy of natural beings by Gregory of Nyssa, were developed in the doctrines of Maximus the Confessor and John of Damascus. “Ambigua”, 7; 24, along with “Centuries on Charity”, 3.24–25, by Maximus, and “Exposition of the Orthodox Faith”, 86, by Damascus are considered.