philosopher Plotinus explores some of the most fundamental questions people in the modern world continue to ask, such as whether we are really free when most of the time we are overwhelmed by compulsions, addictions, and necessities; how can people know that they are free; and how can they know that the world is meaningful and not simply the result of chance or randomness.
Synopsis: Alexandria, Egypt / AD 391 - When the great temple of Serapis and its library annex are destroyed by the Christian mob, the Neoplatonist
philosopher Hypatia becomes concerned the Great Library might suffer the same fate.
Porphyry was a Neoplatonist
of the third century CE, a pupil of the great Plotinus.
Among the topics are Plotinus and the ancients, the emperor Julian's use of Neoplatonic philosophy and religion, Middle Platonic elements in Augustine's De Civitate, traces of Plato's Symposium in Sufi narratives of Rabi'a al'Adawiyya, and liberty and necessity in Christian and Neoplatonist
accounts of creation.
Al Kindi, who was interested in Plato, Aristotle and various Neoplatonist
writers, prodded Abu MaaACAyshar to delve into mathematics to gain a skill that would add value to his life.
At heart of much of the Neoplatonist
intuition about knowledge and reality lies the identity thesis--the proposition that in any process of perception and of knowing, the perceiving subject and its object are identical, because intellection is an immaterial process.
Douglas Hedley discusses Dante's reception in Romantic Neoplatonist
circles, looking specifically at Coleridge and moving from there to Platonic readings of the Commedia.
8) We would here like to cleave to the opinion that the supposed collision between the worldly and transcendent section of Aristotle's thought issues simply from the change of register in his expression and thus should not be treated as evidence in favour of Aristotle's Neoplatonist
conception of infinity.
Granted, Hudson considers it a mistake on a principled level to rate Cusanus as either a Platonist or a Neoplatonist
Replete with Petrarchian, Neoplatonist
, and Ovidian influences, this poetry serves as a precursor to de Navarre's democratic view of love present in L'Heptameron, with its alteration of male and female voices.
While medieval ideas of love seem to survive better in baroque romance than the supernatural, they too undergo substantial transformation in accordance with the intellectual tastes of the later period, as in the case of both Helisenne de Crennes, who privileges melancholy in her depiction of love (Michel Stanesco), and baroque romances, which rework the theme of the court of love along Neoplatonist
and Stoicist lines (Frank Greiner).
With this in mind, many scholars claim that La Primavera can be seen as a union of the Pagan and Christian worlds, and thus expresses Neoplatonist