The Neoplatonists: A Reader
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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The philosophical context
Plotinus system of thought
The religious context
The One or Good
Matter and Evil
The Material Universe
Purification and Virtue
The Neoplatonists after Plotinus
The Neoplatonist legacy
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action activity Aristotle ascent attained attribute beauty become begets behold belongs birth body cause cave centre Chaldaean Oracles Christian contemplation creation creative Cronius Cronos demiurgic derives descends desire distinct divine doctrine earth effects Enneads ensouled essence eternal everything evil existence faith Gallienus gible Gnostic Gordian III greater Greek happiness harmony heaven henads higher reality honour human hypostases identity immortality inner Intel Intellect intelligible forms knowledge later Neoplatonists light living manifold material matter movement mystical nature Neoplatonism non-being Notes and References object Parmenides participation perception perfect Phaedrus philosophy Phorcys Plato Platonists Plotinian Plotinus Porphyry possess prayer present primal principle prior Proclus purification purity realm reason recognises remains sage sense-perception separate sight soul's symbol theology theurgy things thought Timaeus transcendent true truth unified union unity universe unparticipated virtue visible vision whole wisdom words world of sense World Soul Zeus