Traditions of Platonism

Traditions of Platonism : Essays in Honour of John Dillon

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The breadth and depth of the Platonic tradition, from Antiquity through to the early Middle Ages, is evidenced by the studies gathered in this volume, written by an international team of contributors in honour of John Dillon. The first papers, on Plato, include a discussion of the problem of evil and of the theme of love n the "Symposium". There follows a section of the Middle-Platonists, dealing with how this tradition adapted and developed themes such as the world-soul as a mirror and the notion of an intellible cosmos. Five papers then focus on aspects of the thought of Plotinus, and a final group covers the later Neoplatonic tradition, from Augustine to John Scotus Eriugena, including a survey by the late Henry Blumenthal on perception and memory.
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  • Hardback | 442 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 25.4mm | 771.11g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • port.
  • 1840146842
  • 9781840146844

Table of contents

Part 1 The Platonic legacy; Plato and Empedocles on evil, Denis O'Brien; Socrates the mystic, John Bussanich; the speech of Eryximachus in Plato's "Symposium", Christopher Rowe; the concept in Platonism, Lloyd P. Gerson. Part 2 The Middle-Platonic tradition: im spiegel der weltseele. Platon, "Alkibiades" I 133c8-17 und der Mittelplatonismus, Burkhard Reis; der Platonismus and die Weisheit der Barbaren, Matthias Baltes; Alcinous on fate and providence, Jaap Mansfeld; a brief history of the term "Kosmos Noetos" from Plato to Plotinus, David T. Runia; the Platonic bacground in the "Apocalypse of Zostrianos - numenius and "Letter II" attributed to Plato, Luc Brisson. Part 3 Plotinus: causa sui. Plotins Begriff des Einen als Ursprung des Gedankens der Selbstursachlishkeit, Werner Beierwaltes; the significance of practical ethics for Plotinus, Andrew Smith; rereading "Ennead V1 [10], 7: what is the scope of Plotinus' geometrical analogy in this passage?, Cristina D'Ancona; forms of individuals in Plotinus - a preface to the question, Dominic O'Meara; remarks on the relation between the One and intellect in Plotinus, Eyolfur Kjalar Emilsson. Part 4 The neoplatonic tradition: pourquoi l'ame automotrice aurait-elle besoin d'un vehicule? (nouveaux schemes porphyriens chez saint Augustin, II), Jean Peptin; reflexions sur la pseudonymie Abammon-Jamblique, H.D. Saffrey; some neoplatonic views on perception and memory - similarities, differences and motivations, H.J. Blumenthal; elements of the Emperor Julian's theology, Jay Bregman; "negation Negationis" - Proclus on the first lemma of the first hypothesis of the "Parmenides", Carlos Steel; the "Gorgias" and the Demiurge, Harold Tarrant; love, knowing and incarnation in psedo-Dionysius, John Rist; Thomas Gallas, "Abbas Vercellensis", and the commentary on the "De Mystica Theologia" ascrived to Iohannes Scottus Eriugena, with a concluding note on the second Latin reception of the pseudo-Dionysius (1230-1250), James McEvoy.
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