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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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Mysticism and Metaphysics

Mysticism and Metaphysics

(p.164) 7 Mysticism and Metaphysics
The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

A. C. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

In contrast with the different views of some recent scholars, Ch. 7 constitutes an important attempt to point out the importance played by non‐discursive thought in Plotinus and Proclus in several ways. Firstly, the differences between the doctrines of Plotinus and Proclus are investigated. Secondly, it is considered the role of the ‘Loving Intellect’ in both Plotinus’ and Proclus’ philosophy. Thirdly, it is indicated how the One plays a crucial role in the mystical experience and how this kind of experience may be an evidence of the activity of the One. Finally, it is shown how some problems and difficulties of Plotinus’ philosophy may be explained through reference to the mystical experience.

Keywords:   Loving Intellect, mystical apprehension, non‐discursive thought, One, Plotinus, Proclus

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