Gnosticismo e dualismo anticósmico: génese remota de uma crise

Translated title of the contribution: Gnosticism and anticosmic dualism: remote genesis of a crisis

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The present essay attempts to show how anti-cosmic dualism, characteristic of most ancient Gnostic systems, has left traumatic marks up to the present day on the relations of the human being with the cosmos and nature. By radically opposing Spirit and Matter, God and the Demiurge, the supremely perfect and “foreign” divine world, to this material and evil world – a “strange” land and “forced exile” in which the Gnostic feels “homeless”; by proposing an antithetical metaphysics based on sola gnosis, we can see in ancient Gnosticism the remote premises which have sickened our culture, marked by the conflictual paradigm in the relationship of man with the world and its creatures, and, thus, have contributed to the degradation of the inhabitant-habitat relationship.
Translated title of the contributionGnosticism and anticosmic dualism: remote genesis of a crisis
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)39-78
Number of pages40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2022


  • Gnosticism
  • Dualism
  • Cosmos
  • Anticosmism
  • Evil/Malum
  • Ecology


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