Plotinus on the Soul

Plotinus on the Soul

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Damian Caluori
Cambridge University Press, 6/25/2015
EAN 9781107105959, ISBN10: 1107105951

Hardcover, 238 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Plotinus on the Soul is a study of Plotinus' psychology, which is arguably the most sophisticated Platonist theory of the soul in antiquity. Plotinus offers a Platonist response to Aristotelian and Stoic conceptions of the soul that is at the same time an innovative interpretation of Plato's Timaeus. He considers the notion of the soul to be crucial for explaining the rational order of the world. To this end, he discusses not only different types of individual soul (such as the souls of the stars, and human and animal souls) but also an entity that he was the first to introduce into philosophy: the so-called hypostasis Soul. This is the first study to provide a detailed explanation of this entity, but it also discusses the other types of soul, with an emphasis on the human soul, and explains Plotinus' original views on rational thought and its relation to experience.

1. Unity and creation
why Plotinus introduced the hypostasis Soul
2. The hypostasis Soul
3. The hypostasis Soul and its relation to individual souls
4. The individual soul in the intelligible and in the sensible world
5. Divine individual souls
6. The human soul
its descent and its confusion in the sensible world
7. The human soul
the higher and the lower soul
8. The soul and the body.