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(περιχώρησις/perichṓrēsis), originally from choreography (περιχωρεῖν κύκλῳ/perichōreín kýklō, “dance around one another”), denotes as a concept of reflection the reciprocal penetration, participation, and unification of values that are, and remain, different. Whereas for Anaxagoras (DK, frgm. B 59, 13f.) perichoresis still means the rotation that produces division (in polarities such as light-dark, cold-warm, spirit-body), in the Stoics and in Neoplatonism the inner relationship between body and soul is described as a perichoretic relation in …

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Jüngel, Eberhard, “Perichoresis/Circumincession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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