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Edited by Claudia D’Amico, John F. Finamore, and Natalia Strok.

This anthology of 24 essays by scholars from around the world is published in association with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. It contains many of the papers presented in their 2015 annual conference.

Contents include:

  • The Platonic origins of the Axiochus and the contribution of its author to the Socratic theme - Menahem Luz.
  • Rhea - Hecate. The Triple Expansion of Life - Graciela Ritacco.
  • Plotinus, and the tripartition of the soul in Plato: Anger as an example - Luc Brisson.
  • Theoria, Theorema, Theorein: on the Vocabulary, Style, and Content of Plotinus Enn. III. 8 [30] - Jose Baracat.
  • The Gnostic Background of Plotinus’ Theory of Generative Contemplation - Zeke Mazur.
  • Contemplation and form in Plotinus: continuity or overcoming Greek thought? - Fernando Martin De Blassi.
  • The Value of the Soul's Descent - Edward Halper.
  • Cosmic Order and Evil: The Concept of Providence in Plotinus and St. Augustine - Maurizio Di Silva.
  • The Issue of Divine Filiality in the Commentary on the Gospel of John: Doctrinal Comparisons between Heracleon, Origen and Plotinus - Patricia Andrea Ciner.
  • The Depth-bathos of the Gnostics and Porphyry - Juan Bautista Garcia Bazan.
  • Porphyry’s Extension and Restriction of Plato’s Views on Justice - Hyun Hochsman.
  • The Pure Human Soul in Iamblichus: Divine or Angelic? - Julio Cesar Moreira.
  • The ‘Second Trace of Life’: Hermias and the Irrational Soul - John Finamore.
  • Teaching and learning in Marinus - Mathilde Cambron-Goulet.
  • Hierarchy of beings and the Neo-platonic tetrad Goodness, Being, Life, Mind in Byzantine Platonism - Dimitry Biriukov.
  • Negligence as the Cause of the Fall of Souls in Origen and its Reinterpretation by Evagrius Ponticus - Ruben Pereto Rivas.
  • Approach to the Sources of the Cusan Notions of Oneness, Identity, and Coincidence - Claudia D’Amico.
  • Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1431) on the Role of Faith in the Human Mind’s Return to God - Paula Pico Estrada.
  • Marsilio Ficino’s teachings on the Platonic notion of inspiration: A brief survey for understanding the depiction of artists as divinely inspired lovers of Beauty - Juan Pablo Maggiotti.
  • Florentine Neoplatonism a Philosophical Movement? - Teresa Rodriguez.
  • Newton and the Neoplatonic offensive against Cartesianism - Rodolfo E. Fazio.
  • Thinking on Thinking: Ultimate Presuppositions in Plotinus and Leibniz - Robert Berchman.
  • Plato in Weimar. Plato’s Ideal State and the Weimar Republic: The impossibility of creating the Perfect state - Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli.
  • Notes on Abandon: excerpts from a diary of studies on the concept of Gelassenheit - Luiz Fernando Fontes-Teixeira.

400 pages. Paperback.

ISBN 9781898910862.

  • About the Series

    These anthologies, published by the Prometheus Trust in association with the International Association for Neoplatonic Studies (ISNS), collect essays by leading scholars in the field of (Neo)platonic philosophy.

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