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The Anatomy of Neoplatonism$
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A. C. Lloyd

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238065

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238061.001.0001

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The Spiritual Circuit

The Spiritual Circuit

(p.123) 5 The Spiritual Circuit
The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

A. C. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

Investigates how, given their ontological status between the One and animals, men can either ascend to the intellectual life or fall into the inferior kinds of life. Different issues involved in the doctrine of the rise to the intellectual life are considered. Firstly, the restriction to men of the possibility of an intellectual life is explained through the reference to Neoplatonists’ own personal experiences. Secondly, the experience of the ascent is defined by the term ‘inclination’ rather than the too broad ‘reversion’ used by most of the scholars. The former term, indeed, seems to fit better in the case of men. Finally, the experience of inclination is explained in terms of logical necessity.

Keywords:   inclination, intellectual life, One, personal experience, reversion, soul

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