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Plotinus, Self and the World

  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108729949

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  • Plotinus, Self and the World addresses the question of the individual subject in its relationship with the world, the 'all'. It traces the self through its experience of memory and forgetfulness, looks at whether the idea of the subconscious exists in Plotinus, and notes the probable impact of Plotinus' thought on the development of the autobiography, in the form of Augustine's Confessions. Augustine historicises the Plotinian individual self. The book reinterprets the idea of to oikeion in Plotinus and places great emphasis on the importance of the idea of 'having', and the ability to possess is itself linked to being: thus we are close to the idea of personal authenticity. Lastly the book examines Plotinus' view of images and art, and notes his respect for the beauty of the human face. His positive view of the physical world is stressed.

    • Addresses new questions about Plotinus' view of self in its environment
    • Reflects on Plotinus' positive view of the world, thereby helping to stimulate a reappraisal of his otherworldliness
    • Emphasises Plotinus' respect for the beauty of the human face, thereby allowing him to be placed in his social and artistic context
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    '… a book to be recommended warmly.' Lloyd Gerson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108729949
    • dimensions: 215 x 135 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The individuated self and memory
    2. Memory and forgetting
    3. Ignorance, love, and play
    4. Plotinus' Eros
    5. The self: 'And we too are kings'
    6. Being and having
    7. Self-knowledge
    8. Art and the seduction of beauty
    9. Face, image and the self
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Raoul Mortley, Bond University, Queensland
    Raoul Mortley is Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University, Queensland.

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