The Neoplatonists: A Reader

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 189 pages
The Neoplatonist philosophers who flourished between the third and sixth centuries A.D. had a profound influence on western philosophy, on both Christian and Islamic theology, and on European literature and the visual arts from the Renaissance to modern times. This extensively revised and updated second edition of The Neoplatonists provides a valuable introduction to the thought of four central Neoplatonic philosophers, Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus and Proclus. John Gregory presents new translations of a selection of key passages from their writings together with concise explanatory essays, commentary and notes.
 

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Contents

The philosophical context
6
Plotinus system of thought
12
The religious context
18
The One or Good
24
Intellect
39
Soul
54
Matter and Evil
65
The Material Universe
71
Purification and Virtue
94
Beauty
104
Intellectual Contemplation
116
Mystical Union
124
The Neoplatonists after Plotinus
133
lamblichus
147
The Neoplatonist legacy
177
Copyright

Man
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About the author (1999)

John Gregory was born in 1938 and took degrees in Classics at Cambridge University, Philosophy at London University and Applied Linguistics at Durham University. Since 1961 he has worked as a teacher and college lecturer.

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