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Plato and Plotinus on mysticism, epistemology, and ethics

Author: David J Yount
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
Series: Bloomsbury studies in ancient philosophy, 7
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This book argues against the common view that there are no essential differences between Plato and the Neoplatonist philosopher, Plotinus, on the issues of mysticism, epistemology, and ethics. Beginning by examining the ways in which Plato and Plotinus claim that it is possible to have an ultimate experience that answers the most significant philosophical questions, David J. Yount provides an extended analysis of  Read more...
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Yount, David J.
Plato and Plotinus on mysticism, epistemology, and ethics.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
(DLC) 2016039288
(OCoLC)953746603
Named Person: Plato.; Plotinus.; Plato.; Plotinus.; Plato; Plotinus
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Yount
ISBN: 9781474298438 1474298435 1474298443 9781474298445
OCLC Number: 966641368
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The ultimate experience: the evidence of mysticism in Plato and Plotinus --
Epistemology: Plato and Plotinus on knowledge --
Ethics: Plato and Plotinus on happiness, how to live, and how not to live.
Series Title: Bloomsbury studies in ancient philosophy, 7
Responsibility: David J. Yount.

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This book argues against the common view that there are no essential differences between Plato and the Neoplatonist philosopher, Plotinus, on the issues of mysticism, epistemology, and ethics. Beginning by examining the ways in which Plato and Plotinus claim that it is possible to have an ultimate experience that answers the most significant philosophical questions, David J. Yount provides an extended analysis of why we should interpret both philosophers as mystics. The book then moves on to demonstrate that both philosophers share a belief in non-discursive knowledge and the methods to attain it, including dialectic and recollection, and shows that they do not essentially differ on any significant views on ethics. Making extensive use of primary and secondary sources, it shows the similarities between the thought of these two philosophers on a variety of philosophical questions, such as meditation, divination, wisdom, knowledge, truth, happiness and love.

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