The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism

P. Remes and S. Slaveva-Griffin (ed), London: Routledge, 2015


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:

  • (Re)sources, instruction and interaction
  • Methods and Styles of Exegesis
  • Metaphysics and Metaphysical Perspectives
  • Language, Knowledge, Soul, and Self
  • Nature: Physics, Medicine and Biology
  • Ethics, Political Theory and Aesthetics
  • The legacy of Neoplatonism.

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

Part 1: (Re)sources, instruction and interaction


1. Platonist Curricula and their Influence – Harold Tarrant

2. The Alexandrian Classrooms Excavated and Sixth-Century Philosophy Teaching – Richard Sorabji

3. Middle Platonism and its Relation to Stoicism and the Peripatetic Tradition – Gretchen Reydams-Schils and Franco Ferrari

4. Plotinus and the Gnostics – John Turner

5. Plotinus and the Orient – Vishwa Adluri

Part 2: Methods and Styles of Exegesis


6. Aristotelian Commentary Tradition – Han Baltussen

7. The Non-Commentary Tradition – Andrew Smith

8. Plotinus’ Style and Argument – Luc Brisson

9. Proclus’ Geometrical Method – Marije Martijn

Part 3: Metaphysics and Metaphysical Perspectives


10. Metaphysics: The Origin of Becoming and the Resolution of Ignorance – Sara Ahbel-Rappe

11. The Metaphysics of the One – Jens Halfwassen

12. Number in the Metaphysical Landscape – Svetla Slaveva-Griffin

13. Substance – Riccardo Chiaradonna

14. Matter and Evil in the Neoplatonic Tradition – Jean-Marc Narbonne

Part 4: Language, Knowledge, Soul, and Self


15. The Neoplatonists on Language and Philosophy – Robbert van den Berg

16. Neoplatonic Epistemology – Lloyd Gerson

17. Iamblichus on Soul – John Finamore

18. From Alexander of Aphrodisias to Plotinus – Frederic Schroeder

19. Metaphysics of Soul and Self in Plotinus – Gwenaëlle Aubry

20. Perceptual Awareness in the Ancient Commentators – Peter Lautner

Part 5: Nature: Physics, Medicine and Biology


21. Physics and Metaphysics – Alessandro Linguiti

22. Neoplatonism and Medicine – James Wilberding

23. Humans, Other Animals, Plants and the Question of the Good – Kevin Corrigan

Part 6: Ethics, Political Theory and Aesthetics


24. Plotinus on Metaphysics and Morality – Suzanne Stern-Gillet

25. Plotinus on Founding Freedom in Ennead VI.8[39] – Bernard Collette-Dučić

26. Freedom, Providence and Fate – Peter Adamson

27. Action, Reasoning and the Highest Good – Pauliina Remes

28. Political Theory – Dominic O’Meara

29. Plotinus’ Aesthetics – Panayiota Vassilopoulou

Part 7: Legacy


30. Neoplatonism and Christianity – Dermot Moran

31. Neoplatonism and Christianity in Late Antiquity – Dimitar Y. Dimitrov

32. Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonisms – Sarah Pessin.



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