International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Presentation

The mission of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies is to promote the study of the philosophy of Plato and its long tradition from all perspectives. Since its formation in 1973 the ISNS has grown in both size and influence, with members now in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.

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Contact

https://www.isns.us/officers.htm

Link

https://www.isns.us/

Chaîne Youtube Maël Goarzin

Description

Docteur en philosophie de l’Université de Lausanne (Suisse) et de l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), mes recherches ont pour objet la philosophie comme manière de vivre, de l’antiquité à nos jours. Je tiens aussi un carnet de recherche intitulé « Comment vivre au quotidien ». J’y développe, à partir des textes que j’étudie, un certain nombre de réflexions (in)actuelles visant à démontrer l’intérêt des textes antiques aujourd’hui. Cette chaîne en est le prolongement.

Entretien avec Philippe Hoffmann

Cet entretien avec Philippe Hoffmann, directeur d’Etudes à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, à Paris, est composé d’une série de neuf vidéos portant sur Pierre Hadot, philosophe français décédé en 2010 et figure majeure de la philosophie contemporaine. Réalisés à la Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique le 23 juillet 2013, ces entretiens menés par Maël Goarzin, doctorant à l’Université de Lausanne et à l’EPHE, abordent tour à tour la personnalité et les recherches de Pierre Hadot en philosophie antique, ainsi que leur impact pour une réflexion contemporaine. Cette série d’entretiens a été réalisée avec la collaboration de Pro Ethica, think tank en sciences morales, dans le cadre d’un projet dont l’objectif est de montrer l’intérêt du stoïcisme pour une réflexion éthique contemporaine. Dans la première partie de l’entretien, Philippe Hoffmann présente le parcours intellectuel et la carrière académique de Pierre Hadot (1922-2010). Son éducation philosophique et théologique au séminaire de Reims, tout d’abord, et son intérêt pour l’existentialisme ensuite. A son arrivée à Paris dans les années 1940, son choix de thèse le conduit à l’étude des auteurs antiques et de Marius Victorinus, qu’il préfère à Heidegger. Chercheur au CNRS puis à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, où il dirige la chaire de « Théologies et mystiques de la Grèce hellénistique et de la fin de l’Antiquité », chaire dirigée aujourd’hui par Philippe Hoffmann, Pierre Hadot s’intéresse petit à petit au néoplatonisme, à partir de l’étude de Porphyre et de Plotin, auquel il consacre une grande partie de ses recherches. A la fin de sa carrière il est nommé au Collège de France, et les vingt dernières années de sa vie sont marquées par une production littéraire importante et la mise par écrit de ses thèses les plus connues : la philosophie antique comme manière de vivre, et l’importance, dans ce contexte, des exercices spirituels.

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxSfN7Y4q0M

ISNS Collections

Essay collections published in association with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. We have seven anthologies published in association with the ISNS – click on the title for details of each: Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism, Platonic Traditions in American Thought, Platonic Inquiries, Platonic Pathways, Platonism and its Legacy, Platonic Interpretations, Plato in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times.

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Link

https://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/html/collections_from_the_isns.html#PlatInt

The Wisdom of Hypatia

Welcome to my website! It supplements my book, The Wisdom of Hypatia: Ancient Spiritual Practices for a More Meaningful Life, which teaches a system of spiritual practice that provides a valuable way of life in the contemporary world. Hypatia was the most famous female spiritual teacher of ancient Alexandria. The mix of classical philosophies she taught to Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the fourth century forms the very foundation of Western mysticism, spiritual practice, and magic as we know it today. The Wisdom of Hypatia: Ancient Spiritual Practices for a more Meaningful life, offers a progressive, nine-month program based on the teachings of this inspiring Pagan Neoplatonic Philosopher, Discover how to bring purpose, tranquility, and spiritual depth to your life through exercises and techniques divided into three degrees of wisdom: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Neoplatonism. This virtual course in philosophy, well-being, and divine union is an essential and practical introduction to the ancient wisdom of the West.

By Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD.

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Link

http://wisdomofhypatia.com/home.html

DIONYSIUS

Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University
Description

Dionysius is the journal of Dalhousie University’s Department of Classics and reflects the established character of its work. It publishes articles on the history of ancient philosophy and theology, including Patristic theology, and their nachleben. It has a special interest in the Aristotelian and Neoplatonic traditions.

Dionysius considers philosophy’s relation, both negative and positive, to Christian belief in both ancient and modern times. As well as philosophical articles, Dionysius will publish articles on Classical and later literature and history, and on Hellenic, Christian, Jewish and Islamic religion, especially when they have a connection to philosophical questions.

The current five years (2016-2020) are available by subscription only.  Please contact the Department of Classics (claswww@dal.ca) to subscribe.  Previous issues may be read without subscription simply by registering and then logging in.

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Editor

Plotinus IV 7 (2) : On the Immortality of the Soul

Studies on the Text and its Contexts

Lorenzo Ferroni, Daniela Taormina (eds.), Baden-Baden: Academia Verlag, 2022

Description

The Enneadic Treatise IV 7 (2) constitutes Plotinus’ first attempt to reflect systematically on the problem of the immortality of the soul. It is a complex text, in which the exposition of the Plotinian doctrine is preceded by a long doxographic excursus dedicated to the refutation of the ideas of some ancient philosophical schools (Aristotelian, Epicurean, Stoic, Pythagorean). The problems posed by the treatise are addressed in this volume from an interdisciplinary perspective: historians of ancient thought and of Neoplatonism, historians of religions, historians of late antique culture, classical philologists meet in these pages to address, from very different points of view, one of the most stimulating texts left to us by Plotinus.

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Link

https://www.nomos-shop.de/academia/titel/plotinus-iv-7-2-on-the-immortality-of-the-soul-id-100251/

IMS-FORTH

Between Athens & Alexandria

Description and organization

“Between Athens & Alexandria” studies the relationship between the Neoplatonic Schools of Athens and Alexandria as well as the Alexandrian origins of Neoplatonism, with a special focus on later Neoplatonic developments on, and criticisms to, Plotinus (204/5-270). Are the Schools of Athens and Alexandria essentially distinct, as the traditional view suggests, or can their differences be reduced to the organisation of teaching? To what extent does the attitude towards theurgy (originally flourishing in the Neoplatonic School of Syria founded by Iamblichus of Chalcis) define the orientation of the Schools? Can the harmonization of Plato and Aristotle “bridge the gap” between Athens and Alexandria? The driving research hypothesis of the project is that the Neoplatonic Schools of Athens and Alexandria are essentially one School adapting itself to the different environments of the two cities. The view according to which the attitude towards theurgy constitutes the main difference between Athenian Neoplatonism, traditionally considered as following Iamblichus’ purportedly anti-intellectualist lead, and Alexandrian Neoplatonism, often regarded as “Porphyrian”, is put into question. Porphyry (c. 234-305) and Iamblichus (c. 245-325), and their respective followers in the 4th century, seem to have more in common than has been thought until now. Porphyrian and Iamblichaean trends are present in both Athens and Alexandria. Plotinus’ synthesis of Platonism with Aristotelian and Stoic elements is dynamic, and continues to incorporate innovation into tradition beyond the boundaries of Antiquity, and even of philosophy itself. Focusing on Athens and Alexandria, the project aims at investigating the wider network of late antique Neoplatonic Schools in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as this network’s legacy in the Arabic and Byzantine worlds. Studying late ancient Neoplatonism from the point of its Byzantine and Arabic receptions may reveal a much more unitary picture of the final phase of ancient philosophy than previous reconstructions suggest. The project is hosted by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IMS-FORTH) in collaboration with the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies (ACHS) of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is supported by the A. S. Onassis Foundation.

Link

https://athens-alexandria.ims.forth.gr/

KU Leuven

Leuven Colloquia on Ancient Platonism (LCAP)

Description and organization

The Leuven Colloquia on Ancient Platonism (LCAP) is a lecture series on the history of ancient Platonism (from the Early Academy to Late Antiquity), traditionally an important field of study in Leuven. These lectures will be held on a monthly basis, starting in January 2022, hosted by the KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy and De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy and will be given by leading specialists in the history of Platonism. Each year the general theme will be narrowed down through the selection of a specific topic on which the invitees will be asked to speak. For the academic year 2021/2022 (second term only) and 2022/2023 the chosen topic is ‘principle’ (archê).

4-6 pm, Kardinaal Mercierzaal.

All sessions will be accessible also remotely. For both in-person and remote participation, registration on Zoom is necessary. We will send out individual announcements for each talk, with the relevant Zoom link for registration.

Programme

17 October, Charlotte Murgier (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne): Principles of practical knowledge: Aristotle’s discussion with Plato

14 November, Wiebke Marie-Stock (Bonn/Notre Dame): Turn the mirror of your soul. Plotinus on how to affect memory

Contact

lcap@kuleuven.be​​​​​​

Link

https://hiw.kuleuven.be/dwmc/research/not-another-history-of-platonism/events/LCAP

Plotino

Aldo Magris, Brescia: Scholé, 2022

Descrizione

Un’analisi del pensiero di Plotino, partendo dall’ambiente storico-religioso e filosofico nel quale visse, alla luce del rapporto con il platonismo e con lo gnosticismo. Con talento speculativo, Plotino riflette sul sistema dell’Assoluto – in cui la derivazione dal principio, l’Uno, va intesa come una generazione di immagini –, sull’essere umano, la libertà, il destino e la religiosità. Un’esposizione complessiva della filosofia di uno dei più importanti pensatori dell’antichità, che fa luce anche sulle sue somiglianze con la tradizione indiana e la sua persistenza nel pensiero occidentale.

Aldo Magris è professore di Filosofia teoretica all’Università di Trieste. Tra le sue pubblicazioni nel catalogo Morcelliana: La logica del pensiero gnostico (2012 2ed.); Destino, provvidenza, predestinazione. Dal mondo antico al cristianesimo (20162); Itinerari della filosofia e delle religioni (2 voll., 2017); Le invenzioni di Dio (2019). Ha inoltre curato i volumi: Trattati antichi sul destino (2009); Confutazione di tutte le eresie di Ippolito (20162).

Sommario

INTRODUZIONE

Premessa, 7

LA TRADIZIONE PLATONICA, 9

L’AMBIENTE RELIGIOSO, 40

CAPITOLO I LA VITA

CAPITOLO II LE OPERE

CAPITOLO III IL PENSIERO FILOSOFICO

IL SISTEMA DELL’ASSOLUTO, 115

ALLA RICERCA DEL SOGGETTO UMANO, 147

LIBERTÀ E DESTINO, 171

LA RELIGIOSITÀ PLOTINIANA, 198

CAPITOLO IV LA CRITICA

CAPITOLO V NOTA BIBLIOGRAFICA

Link

https://www.morcelliana.net/profili-filosofia/4455-magris-plotino-9788828404323.html

Ennead II.4: On Matter

A. A. Long, Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2022

Description

In Ennead II.4 Plotinus investigates the question of what underlies the forms that constitute the contents of our minds and senses. Aristotle had called this substrate « matter, » and Stoic philosophers followed suit. With a critical review of their notions, and reference to Plato’s so-called Receptacle, Plotinus develops an account of matter that makes it a supremely negative entity. How he describes the indescribable, and how he justifies incorporeal matter’s indispensability to bodies, are highlights of this tenaciously argued essay.

A. A. Long translates and interprets Plotinus’ treatise on the matter that underlies all physical and intelligible beings. With a wide-ranging introduction and probing analysis of details, he explains the intricate structure of the text. The book will appeal to everyone interested in the history of Platonism and ancient Greek theories of the world’s ultimate principles.

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Link

https://www.eurospanbookstore.com/book/detail/plotinus-ennead-ii4/?k=9781733535762