Their topics include the simplicity of contemplative cinema in the light of Plotinus' philosophy, beyond the moving images: a Plotinian reading of The Truman Show, moving images and conversion: a Neoplatonic
film theory, Plotinus and Tarkovsky on experience and the transparency of reality, and the mystical and the beautiful: the construction of a Plotinian aesthetics of film.
1" by Sarah Klitenic Wear (Professor of Classics, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio) makes accessible to intermediate Greek students two treatises that describe the Neoplatonic
cosmos of Plotinus.
In De immortalitate animae Augustine explicitly discloses the weaknesses of the proof and repairs them by means of a Neoplatonic
notion of causality.
Because this study begins with Aquinas, the extent to which he distances himself from Avicenna's Neoplatonic
interpretation of the soul is rather quickly glossed over.
It becomes the guiding principle for McMahon's history of the idea of genius, from Socrates's divine voice or daimon, to Marsilio Ficino's furor divinus, the Neoplatonic
divine fury from which the author has borrowed the title of his study, to the denial of genius by Voltaire ("I have never seen a genius") and its full-fledged revival in romanticism: Hegel's world-historical individual (Napoleon) and Shelley's hierophant "prophet.
The fact that Bashier concludes his account with Ibn Arabi and the famous Theologia Aristotelis makes his neoplatonic
taste in the history of philosophy clearer.
Religion and Philosophy in the Platonic and Neoplatonic
Traditions: From Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period
And more than 100 delegates will be transportis ng i themselves back, in sprit at least, to the time of early Greek philosophy for the Internatio r nal Society for Neoplatonic
Studies' (ISNS) annual a conference next month.
These were clear Neoplatonic
interpretations that unsettled purists over the years.
O'Connell in the 1960s, which emphasized the Neoplatonic
sources for Augustine's understanding of the triune God and of his image in human beings, although in recent years scholars such as Lewis Ayers and Michel Barnes have come correctly to recognize and emphasize the pro-Nicene influences in the church upon Augustine's thought to a larger extent than had generally been the case.
An historian looking for a more thorough background to the identity thesis in Greek thought will be disappointed here and would be better advised to look elsewhere; Ian Crystal's Self-Intellection and Its Epistemological Origins in Ancient Greek Thought (Ashgate, 2002) would be a good place to start (and it is somewhat surprising that Kahn was not aware of it before the publication of his book, especially as it does a good job of tracing the Neoplatonic
trajectory away from Aristotelianism).
Rather than starting with faith and equating divine wisdom (Sapientia) with Christ, as did Augustine, Boethius prizes her autonomous role as expositor of truths of human nature and the cosmos, as both the Neoplatonic
"highest good" (summum bonum) and expounder of sacred mysteries.