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Clement of Alexandria (c.150 –c.219)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


Alexandrian Christian theologian, probably born in Athens. Clement argued that philosophy was in harmony with Christian doctrine and could help to understand it. He emphasized a Neoplatonic contrast between simple and complex unity. God is a simple unity who can not be named or discussed in terms of the Aristotelian categories. The Son, however, is knowable as a complex unity. Clement used further philosophical doctrines to discuss God's goodness and human virtue, truth, and faith. His major philosophical work was Stromateis . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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