Plotinus and Epicurus: Matter, Perception, Pleasure

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Angela Longo, Daniela Patrizia Taormina
Cambridge University Press, Aug 3, 2016 - Philosophy - 236 pages
This volume investigates the reasons why Plotinus, a philosopher inspired by Plato, made critical use of Epicurean philosophy. Eminent scholars show that some fundamental Epicurean conceptions pertaining to ethics, physics, epistemology and theology are drawn upon in the Enneads to discuss crucial notions such as pleasure and happiness, providence and fate, matter and the role of sense perception, intuition and intellectual evidence in relation to the process of knowledge acquisition. By focusing on the meaning of these terms in Epicureanism, Plotinus deploys sophisticated methods of comparative analysis and argumentative procedures that ultimately lead him to approach certain aspects of Epicurus' philosophy as a benchmark for his own theories and to accept, reject or discredit the positions of authors of his own day. At the same time, these discussions reveal what aspects of Epicurean philosophy were still perceived to be of vital relevance in the third century AD.

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Epicureans and Gnostics in tr 47 Enn III 2 7 2941
What is known through sense perception is an image
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On an Epicurean formula in Plotinus work
Plotinus and Epicurus on pleasure and happiness
Index locorum
Index of modern authors

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Angela Longo is Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Philosophy at the University of L'Aquila. Her research focuses on Plato and late Platonism, particularly Plotinus, Syrianus, Hermias and Proclus. Her books include Plotin, Trait 2 (IV, 7). Sur l'immortalit de l' me. Introduction, traduction, commentaire et notes (2009) and Argument from Hypothesis in Ancient Philosophy (2011).

Daniela Patrizia Taormina is Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Philosophy at the University of Rome or Vergata' and Visiting Professor at the University of Paris I, Panth on-Sorbonne, the Friedrich-Schiller-Universit t Jena and the cole Pratique des Hautes tudes (EPHE), Paris. Her books include Plutarco di Atene. L'Uno, l'anima e le forme (1989), Jamblique, critique de Plotin et de Porphyre. Quatre tudes (1999) and Giamblico. I frammenti dalle epistole. Introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento (with R. M. Piccione, 2010).

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