A History of Ancient Philosophy IV

A History of Ancient Philosophy IV : The Schools of the Imperial Age

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This book covers the first 500 years of the common era. These years witnessed the revivals of Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, Pyrrhonism, Cynicism, and Pythagoreanism; but by far the most important movement was the revival of Platonism under Plotinus. Here, the historical context of Plotinus is provided including the currents of thought that preceded him and opened the path for him. The presuppositions of the Enneads are made explicit and the thought of Plotinus is reconstructed. The author reorients the expositions of Middle Platonism and neo-Pythagoreanism. He provides a full exposition of Hermeticism and the doctrines of the Chaldean Oracles. He also defends the notion that Philo of Alexandria nourished a Jewish philosophy, not an eclectic mixture.
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  • Hardback | 574 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 657.72g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791401286
  • 9780791401286

About Giovanni Reale

Giovanni Reale is Professor and holder of the Chair in History of Ancient Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan.

John R. Catan is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York College at Brockport.
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