John Petritsi

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John Petritsi


Georgian philosopher of the 11th-12th centuries.

John worked first in Constantinople, where he was connected with the philosophical circle of John Italus; he then moved to Petritson (now Bachkovo), a center founded in Bulgaria for the education of Georgian youth. He ended his career in his native country, at the Gelatian Academy, which laid the foundations for the Georgian philosophical Renaissance. His philosophical views, which took shape under the influence of the ancient Greek philosopher Proclus (whose Elements of Theology John translated into Georgian, with extensive commentaries), can be characterized as a variant of Neoplatonism. The pantheistic tendencies in his world view conditioned by this philosophy exerted a significant influence on the later development of Georgian philosophy and, in particular, on the intellectual development of Sh. Rustaveli.


Ioane Petrici. Shromebi, vols. 1–2. Tbilisi, 1937–40.
In Russian translation:
Rassmotrenie platonovskoi filosofii i Prokla Diadokha. Tbilisi, 1942. (Translation and commentary by I.D. Pantskhava.)


Nutsubidze, Sh. Istoriia gruzinskoi filosofii. Tbilisi, 1960.
Xidasheli, Sh. Ioane Petrici: C’xovreba da molvaceoba. Tbilisi, 1956.


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