The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism

Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Pauliina Remes, London: Routledge, 2014


The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism is an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the most important issues and developments in one of the fastest growing areas of research in ancient philosophy. An international team of scholars situates and re-evaluates Neoplatonism within the history of ancient philosophy and thought, and explores its influence on philosophical and religious schools worldwide. Over thirty chapters are divided into seven clear parts: The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism is a major reference source for all students and scholars in Neoplatonism and ancient philosophy, as well as researchers in the philosophy of science, ethics, aesthetics and religion.

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Table of contents

Chapter  1:  Introduction: Neoplatonism today

Chapter  2:  Platonist curricula and their influence

Chapter  3:  The Alexandrian classrooms excavated and sixth-century philosophy teaching

Chapter  4:  Middle Platonism and its relation to Stoicism and the Peripatetic tradition

Chapter  5:  Plotinus and the Gnostics: opposed heirs of Plato

Chapter  6:  Plotinus and the Orient: aoristos dyas

Chapter  7:  Aristotelian commentary tradition

Chapter  8:  The non-commentary tradition

Chapter  9:  Plotinus’ style and argument

Chapter  10:  Proclus’ geometrical method

Chapter  11:  Metaphysics: the origin of becoming and the resolution of ignorance

Chapter  12:  The metaphysics of the One

Chapter  13:  Number in the metaphysical landscape

Chapter  14:  Substance

Chapter  15:  Matter and evil in the Neoplatonic tradition

Chapter  16:  The gift of Hermes: the Neoplatonists on language and philosophy

Chapter  17:  Neoplatonic epistemology: knowledge, truth and intellection

Chapter  18:  Iamblichus on soul

Chapter  19:  From Alexander of Aphrodisias to Plotinus

Chapter  20:  Metaphysics of soul and self in Plotinus

Chapter  21:  Perceptual awareness in the ancient commentators

Chapter  22:  Physics and metaphysics

Chapter  23:  Neoplatonism and medicine

Chapter  24:  Humans, other animals, plants and the question of the good: the Platonic and Neoplatonic traditions

Chapter  25:  Plotinus on metaphysics and morality

Chapter  26:  Plotinus on founding freedom in Ennead VI.8[39]

Chapter  27:  Freedom, providence and fate

Chapter  28:  Action, reasoning and the highest good

Chapter  29:  Political theory

Chapter  30:  Plotinus’ aesthetics: in defence of the lifelike

Chapter  31:  Neoplatonism and Christianity in the West

Chapter  32:  Neoplatonism and Christianity in the East: philosophical and theological challenges for bishops

Chapter  33:  Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonisms



Index of Passages Cited

General Index


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