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Plotinus' Legacy
The Transformation of Platonism from the Renaissance to the Modern Era


Stephen Gersh, Brian Copenhaver, Richard J. Oosterhoff, Guido Giglioni, David Leech, Douglas Hedley, Derek A. Michaud, Thomas Leinkauf, Jens Halfwassen, Wayne J. Hankey, Kevin Corrigan
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  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108415286

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  • The extensive influence of Plotinus, the third-century founder of 'Neoplatonism', on intellectual thought from the Renaissance to the modern era has never been systematically explored. This collection of new essays fills the gap in the scholarship, thereby casting a spotlight on a current of intellectual history that is inherently significant. The essays take the form of a series of case-studies on major figures in the history of Neoplatonism, ranging from Marsilio Ficino to Henri-Louis Bergson and moving through Italian, French, English, and German philosophical traditions. They bring clarity to the terms 'Platonism' and 'Neoplatonism', which are frequently invoked by historians but often only partially understood, and provide fresh perspectives on well-known issues including the rise of 'mechanical philosophy' in the sixteenth century and the relation between philosophy and Romanticism in the nineteenth century. The volume will be important for readers interested in the history of thought in the early-modern and modern ages.

    • This book is the first systematic discussion of the influence of Plotinus, the founder of 'Neoplatonism', from the Renaissance onwards
    • Contains discussion of Italian, French, English, and German philosophical traditions
    • Brings together philosophy and intellectual history, allowing new interdisciplinary perspectives to develop
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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108415286
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stephen Gersh
    Part I. The Italian Renaissance:
    1. Marsilio Ficino as commentator on Plotinus: some case studies Stephen Gersh
    2. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola on virtue, happiness and magic Brian Copenhaver
    Part II. Sixteenth-Century France:
    3. Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples and Charles de Bovelles on Platonism, Theurgy, and intellectual difficulty Richard J. Oosterhoff
    4. Symphorien Champier on medicine, theology and politics Guido Giglioni
    Part III. The 'Cambridge Platonists':
    5. Henry More and Descartes David Leech
    6. Ralph Cudworth as interpreter of Plotinus Douglas Hedley
    7. John Smith on the immortality of the soul Derek A. Michaud
    Part IV. German Romanticism:
    8. Schelling and Plotinus Thomas Leinkauf
    9. Hegel's programmatic recourse to the ancient philosophy of intellect Jens Halfwassen
    Part V. The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries:
    10. Henri-Louis Bergson and Plotinus Wayne J. Hankey
    11. Plotinus and modern scholarship: from Ficino to the twenty-first century Kevin Corrigan.

  • Editor

    Stephen Gersh, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Stephen Gersh is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Studies and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He has published many books on authors from Cicero to Derrida, including medieval Latin and Byzantine writers.


    Stephen Gersh, Brian Copenhaver, Richard J. Oosterhoff, Guido Giglioni, David Leech, Douglas Hedley, Derek A. Michaud, Thomas Leinkauf, Jens Halfwassen, Wayne J. Hankey, Kevin Corrigan

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