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Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature
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Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature

James Wilberding and Christoph Horn

Abstract

Despite Platonism’s unquestioned claim to being one of the most influential movements in the history of philosophy, for a long time the conventional wisdom was that Platonists of late antiquity—or Neoplatonists—were so focused on other-worldly metaphysics that they simply neglected any serious study of the sensible world, which after all is ‘merely’ an image of the intelligible world, and only recently has this conventional wisdom begun to be dispelled. In fact, precisely because these thinkers did see the sensible world as an image of the intelligible world, they devoted much time and energy ... More

Keywords: Plato, Neoplatonism, Nature, causation, elements, soul, generation, life, matter, Timaeus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693719.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Wilberding, editor
Ruhr University, Bochum

Christoph Horn, editor
University of Bonn

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