The rest of the book is divided into three sections on Hellenistic and post-Hellenistic debate, early Imperial and Neoplatonist
thought, and Christian reception of Greco-Roman ideas of contemplative life.
The specificity of the Christian revolution did not lie in the difference of its pantheon from those of Greece and Rome--the "pagan" Neoplatonist
, Celsus, was more monotheistic than was his Christian opponent, Origen.
He, however, prefers to see al-Kirmani as himself a Neoplatonist
and thus to trace the suspect or problematic doctrines to Neoplatonic sources - particularly, for him, the writings of Proclus - rather than admit that al-Kirmani was personally (and solely) responsible for the adjustment necessary between the one system of thought - for the Ismailis a newer and more Aristotelian approach - with an older Neoplatonism.
Some invited essays, but mostly papers from a 2012 conference in Istanbul to mark the 1600th anniversary of his birth there, examine Neoplatonist
philosopher Proclus (412-85 CE) from the perspectives of background, relevance, and system; pseudo-Dionysius, Byzantium, and the Christian inheritance of Proclus; and Proclus in Arabic philosophy and early modernity.
Written with verve and authority, this study raises the profile of the brilliant and much-understudied Neoplatonist
, who was exiled under the Emperor Constantine, and died in c.532 C.E.
Verbeke further places Avicenna's thought on the subject of motion, place and time in its historical and hermeneutical context by examining his Aristotelian and Neoplatonic predecessors, such as Damascius and his pupil, Simplicius, and Christian Neoplatonist
philosopher Philoponus; the views of Themistius and Alexander of Aphrodisias, together with those of Neoplatonic philosophers Plotinus and Proclus are also considered.
Arndt was therefore anything but the good Lutheran he claimed to be; rather he was a thoroughgoing Neoplatonist
, mystic, pansoph, and spiritualist.
In the case of Plotinus's influence on Augustine, however, scholars have been held to a much higher standard for admitting a direct influence of the great Neoplatonist
on the greatest of the Western Fathers than that which J.
McLaughlin agrees that 'this final disclaimer makes it difficult to assess the strength of Pico's commitment to the scholastic cause', but claims that it was genuine from other evidence, such as Pico's quoting from 'the late Neoplatonist
Al-Sijistani represents the Neoplatonist
school of the Ismai-liyya.
Priscian was a member of the Athenian Neoplatonist
school when the Christian emperor Justinian put an end to its pagan teaching in 529, and was one of seven Athenians to accept the offer of refuge at Ctesiphon by King Khosroes I (c.
Joseph's College, New York) helps readers of the Commentary by Neoplatonist
Proclus (410-85) to contemplate its vision of the whole, to recognize it as a system of metaphysics that integrates much of the classic Platonist tradition, and to appreciate the unique historical context of the Athenian school of late antiquity.