Davydenkov Oleg, archpriest

The Concept of An Individual Nature In the Christology of Leontius of Byzantium

Davydenkov Oleg (2013) "The Concept of An Individual Nature In the Christology of Leontius of Byzantium ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia, 2013, vol. 47, pp. 7-17 (in Russian).


The author examines the idea of an individual nature as conceived by Leontius of Byzantium, a defender of the Council of Chalcedon, who used it to counter the arguments of the Monophysites, who themselves developed the notion of a partial nature (substance). The author further attempts to define the influence which Leontius exerted over the formulation of a new concept of hypostasis as conceived by the Diophysites. In order to study this point in detail, the author examines the later work of Leontius, especially his Epilisis. By means of a thorough analysis of this work, he reveals the intention of Leontius to perfect the terminology of the Diophysites by stating the fundamental problem in philosophical terms. In this work, Leontius demonstrates that the idea of a self-sufficient hypostasis in the humanity of Christ is absent and shows that the idea of a hypostasis of this type is found only in Christ as the Logos. The author concludes that the human nature of Christ may be considered as a type of general nature and as a result it may be seen to relate to all other hypostases of human nature as the general to the particular in so much as there exists a real hypostatic unity with the Logos


Christological disputes, Diphysites, Monophysites, nature, hypostasis, individual nature, partial substance, common nature


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Davydenkov Oleg, archpriest