Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology, and Ethics

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Feb 23, 2017 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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This book argues against the common view that there are no essential differences between Plato and the Neoplatonist philosopher, Plotinus, on the issues of mysticism, epistemology, and ethics. Beginning by examining the ways in which Plato and Plotinus claim that it is possible to have an ultimate experience that answers the most significant philosophical questions, David J. Yount provides an extended analysis of why we should interpret both philosophers as mystics. The book then moves on to demonstrate that both philosophers share a belief in non-discursive knowledge and the methods to attain it, including dialectic and recollection, and shows that they do not essentially differ on any significant views on ethics.

Making extensive use of primary and secondary sources, Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology and Ethics shows the similarities between the thought of these two philosophers on a variety of philosophical questions, such as meditation, divination, wisdom, knowledge, truth, happiness and love.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Evidence of Mysticism in Plato and Plotinus
9
Plato and Plotinus on Knowledge
55
Plato and Plotinus on Happiness How to Live and How Not to Live
109
4 Conclusion
201

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David J. Yount is Professor of Philosophy and former chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Mesa Community College, USA.

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