imprint in Wagner extends from Tannhauser and Lohengrin through the Ring dramas to Parsifal, and may best be appreciated by a comparison of the philosophical and cosmological preoccupations of the early Neoplatonic
precursors of opera (and their symbolic staging) with later, Wagnerian, products.
They are influenced, even indirectly, by medieval Islamic thinkers, mostly Neoplatonic
, and, more particularly, by the Sufi way of experiencing nature.
Particular phenomena are described as Neoplatonic
, Platonic-Pythagorean, Hermetic, Cabbalistic, alchemical, or even Paracelsian, without clear justification.
Despite their differences, all depart from the Qur'an's uncompromising depiction of God as the willful Creator and Sustainer of all things by introducing the Neoplatonic
doctrines into their cosmology.
Palladio provided practical information on building all'antica, but it was the intellectual framework provided by the Neoplatonic
writings of Pico della Mirandola, Agrippa and Giordano Bruno, which had a profound influence during the sixteenth century in England on the polymath John Dee, Henry Wotton (author of The Elements of Architecture) and William Laud (as Bishop of St Paul's in London).
Presenting first historical studies then philosophical and theological studies, they consider such topics as the response of the Spanish kingdoms to the reform efforts of the Council of Constance (1414-18), reading Cusanus' Cribratio Alkorani (1461) in the light of antiquarianism at the Papal Court in the 1450s, sharing friends and foes: on the relation between Nicholas Cusanus and Martin Luther, between time and eternity: Neoplatonic
precursors to Cusanus' conception of "non-temporal time" in De aequalitate, and the Conjecture on the Last Days (Coniectura de ultimis diebus): Cusanus and concordist eschatology.
The treatise itself can serve as a broad overview of Plotinian (and Neoplatonic
) metaphysics for students in survey courses of ancient philosophy.
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.
Rarignac, an independent French scholar with a background in philosophy and the arts, reads Bram Stoker's popular 1897 vampire novel Dracula as a synthesis of pagan, Neoplatonic
, and Gnostic Christian beliefs.
Michael Allen undertakes an analysis of Pico's Neoplatonic
interpretations in the early Commento, Heptaplus, and Oratio.
Theosis, the Neoplatonic
term for the culmination of human existence as understood by Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), serves Nancy Hudson as the pivotal point for a multifaceted presentation of the thought of Cusanus.
Although La Parfaicte Amye and L'Androgyne survived him in the wake of Neoplatonic
scholarship and his works were edited in 1909, dark patches hitherto covered much of his legacy.