Reading Neoplatonism: Non-Discursive Thinking in the Texts of Plotinus, Proclus, and Damascius

Cambridge University Press (1999)
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Neoplatonism is a term used to designate the form of Platonic philosophy that developed in the Roman Empire from the third to the fifth century AD and that based itself on the corpus of Plato's dialogues. Sara Rappe's challenging and innovative study is the first book to analyse Neoplatonic texts themselves using contemporary philosophy of language. It covers the whole tradition of Neoplatonic writing from Plotinus through Proclus to Damascius. Addressing the strain of mysticism in these works from a fresh perspective the author shows how these texts reflect actual meditational practices, methods of concentrating the mind, and other mental disciplines that informed the tradition as a whole. In providing the broadest available survey of Neoplatonic writing the book will appeal to classical philosophers, classicists, as well as students of religious studies.
Keywords Neoplatonism  Reasoning History  Methodology History
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Call number B517.R36 1999
ISBN(s) 0521651581   9780521651585
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