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    The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition is available as an open access journal from Brill Publishers. The international editorial board is headed by Professor John Finamore of the University of Iowa. This exciting journal covers all facets of the Platonic tradition (from Thales through Thomas Taylor, and beyond) from all perspectives (including philosophical, historical, religious, etc.) and all corners of the world (Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc.). The journal is published in 2 issues per year.
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Books on Platonism and Neoplatonism

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Conversations Platonic and Neoplatonic: Intellect, Soul, and Nature, eds. John F. Finamore and Robert M. Berchman, Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2010. Order from the publisher

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Perspectives sur le néoplatonisme. International Society of Neoplatonic Studies. Actes du colloque de 2006. Eds. Martin Achard, Wayne Hankey, Jean-Marc Narbonne, Presses de l'Université Laval, 2009. Order from publisher

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Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism, edited by John Finamore and Robert Berchman (2014 reprint by Prometheus Trust)
The works of Plato and Aristotle inspired a myriad of philosophers from Fourth Century B.C. to the present. The articles in this anthology trace various ways that Plato and Aristotle's texts were received, interpreted, and used by writers such as Galen, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Julian, Augustine, Eriugena, Ficino, Copernicus, Emerson, Hegel, Adorno, and Lutolawski. Please note: The bibliography for this work can be downloaded here.
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History of Platonism: Plato Redivivus, edited by John Finamore and Robert Berchman (University Press of the South, 2005). Order from University Press of the South.

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Novel by Platonic Scholar, John Dillon
The Scent of Eucalyptus: An Ethiopian Tale

The hero, Luke La Touche, a young Irishman of Huguenot extraction, on coming down from Oxford, quite uncertain as to his identity or future role in life, heads out to Ethiopia in the autumn of 1961, in search of adventure.

This novel relates his adventures, both in the area of self-discovery and otherwise. He is found a teaching job in a somewhat eccentric private school by his cousin and godfather, a benign but somewhat mysterious figure, who, in his retirement from the Colonial Service, holds the post of legal adviser to the Emperor Haile Selassie. The plot centers round Luke’s progressive involvement with a former friend from Oxford, Yohannes Tesfaye, a junior member of the Royal Family, who turns out to be engaged in dangerous political manoeuverings.

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    A project providing fresh translations and commentaries on Plotinus' Enneads is underway at Parmenides Publishing.

    Series Editors: John M. Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin
    and Andrew Smith, University College Dublin

    Volumes published to date (Dec 2017)

    Details and forthcoming volumes on their website


    Neoplatonisme: De l'existence et de la destinée humaine, Jean-Michel Charrue, 2014
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    Plotinus and the Path to Liberation, revised 1924 "Shrine of Wisdom" publication.

    Die Beziehung zwischen dem Schönen und dem Guten in der Philosophie Plotins,, Judith Omtzigt, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012.

    De l'être et du monde: Ammonius, Plotin, Proclus,Jean-Michel Charrue, Klincksieck, 2010
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    Behind the Looking Glass, Sherry Ackerman, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008

    Behind the Looking Glass demonstrates how nineteenth century currents of spiritualism, theosophy and occult philosophy comingled with Carroll’s interest in revived Platonism and Neoplatonism, showcasing the Alice and Sylvie and Bruno books as unique points of conjunction between Carroll’s intellect and spirituality. The scholarship in this work, while rigorous, is softly mixed with the kind of academic frivolity that Carroll himself might have enjoyed. Ackerman exposes a Carroll who, having lost belief in the theological and mythological master plots of earlier eras, turned toward the imaginative fiction of wonderlands rife with philosophical content in response to his instinctive hunger for cosmic coherence and existential order. Order at

    Reading Ancient Texts. Essays in Honour of Denis O'Brien. Vol I: Presocratics and Plato. Vol. II: Aristotle and Neoplatonism, edd. Suzanne Stern-Gillet and Kevin Corrigan, Brill, 2007 (Studies in Intellectual History)

    These works can be ordered through Brill: and

    Studies on Porphyry, edd. George Karamanolis and Anne Sheppard, Institute of Classical Studies, 2007.

    As the study of later ancient philosophy has developed in recent years, it has offered new insights into both the continuing vigour of the Greco-Roman philosophical tradition and the interaction of that tradition with the new cultures of Christianity and of the Arab community. This volume addresses a key figure in this interaction. Porphyry (234?c.305 AD) was not only the greatest pupil of Plotinus and editor of his work but also a significant philosopher in his own right. Many aspects of Porphyry’s work have been re-appraised in recent years, in the light of renewed interest in Neoplatonism as in later ancient philosophy in general. New editions and translations of Porphyry’s works have appeared, enabling up-to-date discussion of issues such as his loyalty to the views of Plotinus, his attitude to Aristotle, his relationship to the culture of his time, and his afterlife in later Platonist commentators on Aristotle, in the Christian fathers, and in the Arabic tradition. A distinguished international group of scholars address these topics in this volume: Andrew Smith, Steven Strange, Riccardo Chiaradonna, Richard Sorabji, Anne Sheppard, Peter Lautner, George Karamanolis, Mark Edwards, Gillian Clark, and Peter Adamson. The papers were all given at a conference held at the Institute of Classical Studies in July 2004.
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    Michel Fattal, Plotin face à Platon. Suivi de Plotin chez Augustin et Farâbî,
    Paris, L'Harmattan, " Ouverture Philosophique ", 2007, ISBN : 978-2-296-0448-7, 13 Euros, 136 pages.

    I) Plotin face à Platon (Du bien, du beau, de l'art)
    1. Du Bien et du Beau dans le Philèbe 64 e 5-6 de Platon et son exégèse plotinienne
    2. Les Ennéades de Plotin : une critique de la conception platonicienne de l'art
    II) Plotin chez Augustin et Farâbî (Expériences spirituelles de Dieu ou du divin)
    1. Plotin chez Augustin. A propos des Confessions de saint Augustin
    2. Plotin chez Farâbî. A propos du traité de L'Harmonie entre les opinions des deux sages, le divin Platon et Aristote d'Al-Farâbî
    Conclusion : Les Ennéades de Plotin : une spiritualité avec ou sans Dieu ?
    Annexe - Al-Farâbî et la question de l'" intellect acquis "

    To order:
    Postal address: Editions L'Harmattan, 7 rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique, 75005 Paris

    Gwenaëlle Aubryr, Dieu sans la puissance: Aristote et Plotin
    Librairie Philosophique J. VRIN
    Collection Bibliothèque d’Histoire de la Philosophie
    334 pages, 38 euros

    Comptés par Aristote comme l’un des principaux sens de l’être, l’en-puissance et l’en-acte ouvrent dans la Métaphysique une voie négligée, mais qui permet peut-être d’en dépasser les lectures aporétiques comme les réductions ontothéologiques. C’est cette voie que l’on propose de suivre en examinant au fil du texte, et dans leur corrélation, la constitution du projet métaphysique d’Aristote et celle du couple conceptuel de la dunamis et de l’energeia. Irréductibles tant à la puissance et à l’action qu’à la matière et à la forme, l’en-puissance et l’en-acte paraissent à même de fonder une ontologie unitaire, qui se dévoile aussi comme une ontologie axiologiques, identifiant en l’acte le mode d’être du bien, en l’en-puissance son mode d’action. Cette ontologie porte une pensée singulière du divin : acte, et non « pure forme », sans puissance, mais non pas impuissant, le premier moteur aristotélicien échappe à l’alternative entre le Dieu tout-puissant de la tradition métaphysique et le Dieu faible des inquiétudes contemporaines. Qu’en est-il, alors, du devenir de cette ontologie ? On tente de mesurer la portée du geste par lequel Plotin désigne son premier principe non plus comme acte mais comme puissance de tout, dunamis pantôn. Avec lui s’inaugurent peut-être la subversion et l’oubli d’une pensée pour laquelle l’être, et le divin, ne se confondent ni avec la puissance ni avec la présence.

    Gwenaëlle Aubry, ancienne élève de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure et du Trinity College de Cambridge, agrégée et docteur en philosophie, est chargée de recherches au CNRS.

    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium Ancient Philosophy, Volume XXI (2005) [PDF file]
    Edited by John J. Cleary and Gary M. Gurtler, S.J.

    Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus vol 1, book 1
    Proclus on the Socratic State and Atlantis
    Edited and translated by Harold Tarrant
    University of Newcastle, New South Wales
    Cambridge University Press
    ISBN 13: 9780521846592

    Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus vol 3, book 1
    Part I: Proclus on the World's Body
    Edited and translated by Dirk Baltzly
    Monash University, Victoria
    Cambridge University Press
    ISBN-13: 9780521845953

    Reading Plato in Antiquity
    Harold Tarrant and Dirk Baltzly (eds)
    Duckworth, 2006
    ISBN 0 7156 3455 0

    Plotinus on the Appearance of Time and the World of Sense: A Pantomime
    Deepa Majumdar (London: Ashgate Publishing Group, 2007)

    “…provides the most thorough, rigorous, precise, organized and insightful account I have read of Plotinus’ many remarks and discussions regarding soul and some related concepts…unique in the contemporary literature on Plotinus.”
    —Michael F. Wagner, The University of San Diego

    Plotinus (c.205–70) was a Neoplatonist philosopher, his work posthumously published by Porphyry and divided into six books, nine tractates each, called the The Enneads. This book investigates Plotinian “emanation,” its laws of poiesis (contemplative making) and the roles of nature, matter, logos (rational formative principle), and contemplation and highlights the subtler details of Plotinus’ cosmology by disentangling conceptual issues about the nature of soul and self (“we”) and their impact on the process of generation of time and the cosmos.
    March 2007 c. 246 pages
    Hardback 978-0-7546-5523-7 c. $99.95/£55.00

    Themes in Neoplatonic and Aristotelian Logic: Order, Negation and Abstraction, John Martin, (London: Ashgate Publishers, 2004).

    The book contains three new papers (on Aristotle's ekthesis, Ammonius, and Proclus) plus reprints various previously published papers: "All Brutes are Subhuman: Aristotle and Ockham on Privative Negation." Synthese 134:3 (March 2003) ; "Aristotle's Natural Deduction Reconsidered," History and Philosophy of Logic 18 (1997): 1-15; "A Tense Logic for Boethius," History and Philosophy of Logic 10 (1989), 203-212; "Existence, Negation, and Abstraction in the Neoplatonic Hierarchy," History and Philosophy of Logic 16 (1995): 169-96;"Lukasiewicz' Many-Valued Logic and Neoplatonic Scalar Modality," History and Philosophy of Logic 23 (2003) ; "Proclus and the Neoplatonic Syllogistic," J. of Philosophical Logic 30 (2001): 187-240; "Proclus on the Logic of the Ineffable," Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 2 (2003).

    Plotin chez Augustin. Suivi de Plotin face aux Gnostiques, Michel Fattal, (Paris, L'Harmattan, "Ouverture Philosophique", 2006), 184 pages, ISBN : 2-296-01120-9. To order:

    Table of contents:

    Première Partie : Plotin chez Augustin
    1. La conversion dans les Confessions
    2. La notion d'ictus dans les Confessions ou les expériences spirituelles d'Augustin
    3. Aux origines de la Trinité chrétienne et augustinienne
    - Un Dieu bon et créateur
    - Le Fils est engendré et non pas créé par le Père ; le Saint Esprit procède du Père et du Fils
    - Trinité augustinienne et triade néoplatonicienne (Plotin et Porphyre)
    - Exégèse et enseignement scolaire de la Lettre II dans le médioplatonisme, le néoplatonisme et le christianisme
    - La doctrine de la Lettre II : qui en est l'auteur ?
    4. La Trinité chez Saint Augustin
    Deuxième Partie : Plotin face aux Gnostiques ou Plotin face à
    l'anti-hellénisme et l'anti-platonisme des Gnostiques : la question du monde et du démiurge dans le Traité 33 (II, 9)
    1. Plotin et les Gnostiques : les deux témoignages du Traité 33 et de la Vie de Plotin, chapitre 16
    2. La question du monde et du démiurge dans le Traité 33

    La Philosophie de Platon, Michel Fattal (ed.), Paris-Budapest-Turin, coll. "Ouverture Philosophique", 2005, Tome II

    A Platonic Philosophy of Religion: A Process Perspective, Daniel A. Dombrowski (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005)

    Porphyre Sentences, Luc Brisson, (Paris, Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 2005), 2 vols.

    Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Spirit: From Plotinus to Schelling and Hegel, John Hendrix (Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2005).

    Table of Contents:

    1. Introduction; 2. The Symposium and the Aesthetics of Plotinus; 3. The Aesthetics of Schelling: The Philosophy of Art; Bruno, or On the Natural and the Divine Principle of Things; System of Transcendental Idealism; 4. Plotinian Hypostases in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit; 5. The Aesthetics of Hegel: Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics, Phenomenology of Spirit, Philosophy of Mind; 6. Architecture and the Philosophy of Spirit

    Platonic Architectonics: Platonic Philosophies and the Visual Arts, John Hendrix, (Peter Lang Publishing Inc, 2004).

    Table of contents:

    1. Plato and Anaximander, 2. Plotinian Aesthetics, 3. Cusanus and Proclus, 4. Alberti and Ficino, 5. Piero della Francesca, 6. Paul Cezanne, 7. Cubism and Deep Structure, 8. Plato and Deconstruction

    Reality, Peter Kingsley, (Golden Sufi Publishing, Inverness, California, 2004) Details and Review

    Études Platoniciennes, Publication annuelle de la Société d’Études Platoniciennes, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2004.

    Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts, eds. Liana Cheney and John Hendrix (Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2004 .

    Table of contents

    "Introduction," John Hendrix and Liana de Girolami Cheney; Part I: Music: "One Instrument (Ney) and Two Philosophical Traditions," Turker Eroglu and Haci Mustafa Acikos; "The Art of Flute-Playing in Proclus, the Neoplatonist," Georgia Markea and Christos Terezis; "The Neoplatonic Approach of Proclus to Music in Relation to Politics and Metyaphysics," Kalomoira Polychronopoulou and Christos Terezis; "Grammar, Rhetoric, and Music: Zarlino's Theories and Pierre Boulez: 'L'Artisanat Furieux' from Le Marteau sans Maitre," Lisa Friend; Part II: Literature: "Plato's Heritage in the Arts: Form as Essence," Albert Anderson; " '...if one had the power to look at the god in oneself ' - Metaphysics as Hermeneutics in the Aesthetics of Plotinus," Jonathan Scott Lee; "Translator as Commentator: Stephen MacKenna's Views on Spiritual Transcendence," Patrick Quinn; "Moral Life and the Experience of Beauty: Iris Murdoch's Pilgrimage from Fantasy into Reality," Sante Maletta; Part III: Visual Arts: "A Humanist Reading of Fra Angelico's Frescoes at San Marco," Allie Terry; "The Neoplatonic Aesthetics of Leon Battista Alberti," John Hendrix; "Plotinus, Marsilio Ficino, and Renaissance Art," Aphrodite Alexandrakis; "David's Other: Creation by the Gaze," Michael Grillo; "Michelangelo's Artistic Captivity as Mirrored in His Neoplatonic Captives," Tammy Smithers; "Giorgio Vasari's Neoplatonic Cosmology: The Planets," Liana de Girolami Cheney; "Platonic Thought in American Design Theory c. 1900," Marie Frank; "Neoplatonic Origins of Postmodern Art and Architecture," Youli Rapti and Helen Tatla


    Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Texts and Contexts; Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition

    Edited by Robert M. Berchman (Dowling College and Bard College) and John. F. Finamore (University of Iowa)

    Editorial Board: John Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin), Gary Gurtler (Boston College), Jean-Marc Narbonne (Laval University-Canada)

    Originally conceived, the subseries covers studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition.

    This series consists of the following titles:

    3. Neoplatonism after Derrida
    Stephen Gersh

    2. The Syntax of Time
    Peter Manchester

    1. Porphyry Against the Christians
    Robert M. Berchman

    For further information, go to Brill’s web site:


    R. Baine Harris, General Editor

    Volume I


    (ISBN 0-87395-800-4/1976/370p)


    Preface ...... vii John P. Anton, University of South Florida 

    A Brief Description of Neoplatonism...... 1  R. Baine Harris, Old Dominion University

    PART I


    (1)    The Neoplatonism of Plato ...... 23 J. N. Findlay, Boston University

    (2)    Plotinus' Adaptation of Aristotle's Psychology, Sensation, Imagination and Memory ...... 41 Henry J. Blumenthal, University of Liverpool

    (3)    Iamblichus, Thrasyllus, and the Reading order of the Platonic Dialogues ...... 59 Michael Dunn, University of Texas



    (4)    Plotinus' Approach to Categorical Theory ...... 81 John P. Anton, University of South Florida

    (5)    Chorismos and Emanation in the Philosophy of Plotinus...... 101 John H. Fielder, Villanova University

    (6)    NOUS as Experience ......121 Richard T. Wallis, University of Oklahoma

    (7)    Philological Comments on the Neoplatonic Notion of Infinity ......155 John Whittaker, Memorial University, Newfoundland

    (8)    The Neoplatonic 'One' and the Trinitarian 'ARCHE'....... 173 J. Patrick Atherton, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    (9)    The Apprehension of Divinity in the SElf and cosmos in Plotinus...... 187 A. Hilary Armstrong, F.B.A., University of Liverpool, Dalhousie University 

    (10)    Is Plotinian Mysticism Monistic? ...... 199 Plato Mamo, University of Calgary 

    (11)    Plotinus and Moral Obligation ......217 John M. Rist, University of Toronto

    (12)    Dynamic Structuralism in the Plotinian Theory of the Imaginary ......235 Evanghelos Moutsopoulos, University of Athens

    (13)    Image, Symbol and Analogy: Three Basic Concepts of Neoplatonic Allegorical Exegesis ......247 John Dillon, Tinity College, Dublin


    (14)    Marius Victorinus Afer, Porphyry, and the History of Philosophy ......265 Mary T. Clark, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York

    (15)    Schelling's Neoplatonic System-notation, 'Ineinsbildung' and Temporal Unfolding ......275 Michael G. Vater, Marquette University

    (16)    The Problem of Ordered Chaos in Whitehead and Plotinus...... 301 David F. T. Rodier, American University, Washington, D.C.

    (17)    Plotinus and Sartre, An Ontological Investigation of Being-Other-Than ......319 John N. Deck, University of Windsor

    (18)    Paul Elmer More and Neoplatonism...... 333 K. W. Harrington, Emory University 

    Contributors ......355

    Volume II


    (ISBN 0-87395.545-5or.546-3/1982/353p)


    Preface ...... ix  R. Baine Harris, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 

    Introduction ...... I John R. A. Mayer, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

    (1)    Indian Wisdom and Porphyry's Search for a Universal Way...... 5  John J. O'Meara, University College, Dublin

    (2)     Plotinus and the Upanisads...... 27 Lawrence J. Hatab, Old Dominion University 

    (3)    Proclus and the Tejobindu Upanisad...... 45 Lawrence J. Rosen, Miami Beach, Florida 

    (4)    Buddhi in the Bhagavadgita and Psyche in Plotinus...... 63 A. H. Armstrong, and R. R. Ravindra, Dalhousie University

    (5)    The Plotinian One and the Concept of Paramapurusa in the Bhagavadgita...... 87 1. C. Sharma, Manavta Mandir, Hoshiarpur, India

    (6)    Phraseology and Imagery in Plotinus and Indian Thought ......101 Richard T. Wallis, University of Oklahoma

    (7)    Meditative States in the Abhidharma and in Pseudo-Dionysius...... 212 David F. T. Rodier, American University, Washington, D.C.

    (8)    Matter and Exemplar: Difference-in-Identity in Vijnanabhiksu and Bonaventure...... 137 John Borelli, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, New York

    (9)    Cit and Nous...... 161 Paul Hacker, University of Munster 

    (10)    Matter in Plotinus and Samkara...... 181 Francisco Garcia Bazan, John F. Kennedy University, Buenos Aires 

    (11)    Samkara and Eriugena on. Causality ......209 Russell Hatton, University of Delaware

    (12)    Union with God in Plotinus and Bayazid...... 227 Mohammad Noor Nabi, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India 

    (13)    Advaita Vedanta and Neoplatonism...... 233 R. K. Tripathi, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

    (14)    The Concept of Human Estrangement in Plotinism and Samkara Vendanta...... 243 Ramakant Sinari, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

    (15)    Plotinus and Sri Aurobindo: A Comparative Study ......257 Pritibhushan Chatterji, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India 

    (16)    The Influence of Indian Philosophy on Neoplatonism...... 273 C. L. Tripathi, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India

    (17)    A Survey of Modern Scholarly Opinion on Plotinus and Indian Thought ......293 Albert M. Wolters, Institute fo r Christian Studies, Toronto

    (18)    Neoplatonism, Indian Thought, and General Systems Theory ......309 John R. A. Mayer, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

    (19)    Some Critical Conclusions ......323 I. C. Sharma, Manavta Mandir, Hoshiarpur, India

    Volume III


    (ISBN 0-87395.492-Oor.493.9/1982/297p)


    Introduction ...... ix  Dominic J. O'Meara, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 

    PART I


    (1)    The Platonic and Christian Ulysses ...... 3 Jean Pepin, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Estudies, Paris

    (2)    Origen's Doctrine of the Trinity and Some Later Neoplatonic Theories ...... 19 John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin

    (3)    A Neoplatonic Commentary on the Christian Trinity: Marcus Victorinus...... 24 Mary T. Clark, Manhattenville College, Purchase, New York

    (4)    The Neoplatonism of Saint Augustine...... 34 John J. O'Meara, University College, Dublin 


    (5)    Some Later Neoplatonic Views on Divine Creation and the Eternity of the World ...... 45 Gerard Verbeke, Universite Catholiq ue de Louvain

    (6)    John Philoponus and Stephanus of Alexandria: Two Neoplatonic Christian Commentators on Aristotle? ...... 54 Henry Blumenthal, University of Liverpool

    (7)    New Objective Links Between the Pseudo-Dionysius and Proclus Henri-Dominique Saffrey, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris 

    (8)    The Problem of General Concepts in Neoplatonism and Byzantine Thought ...... 75 Linos Benakis, University of Athens


    (9)    The Primacy of Existence in the Thought of Eriugena...... 89 G.H. Allard, Universite de Montreal

    (10)    The Overcoming of the Neoplatonic Triad of Being, Life and Intellect by Thomas Aquinas ...... 97 Cornelio Fabro, Universita di Perugia

    (11)    The Problem of the Reality and Multiplicity of Divine Ideas in Christian Neoplatonism ......109 Norris Clarke, Fordham University

    (12)    Meister Eckhart on God as Absolute Unity ......128 Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago


    (13)    Neoplatonism and Christian Thought in the Fifteenth Century (Nicholas of Cusa and Marsilio Ficino)...... 143 Maurice de Gandillac, Universite de Paris

    (14)    Neoplatonism, the Greek Commentators and Renaissance Aristotelianism...... 169 Edward P. Mahoney, Duke University 

    Andreas Camutius on the Concord of Plato and Aristotle with Scripture ......178 Charles B. Schmitt, The Warburg Institute


    (15)    Triads and Trinity in The Poetry of Robert Browning ......187 Elizabeth Bieman, Western Ontar io University

    (16)    The Christian Platonism of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Williams ...... 203 Mary Carman Rose , Goucher College, Baltimore

    (17)    Negative Theology, Myth and Incarnation ......213 A. Hilary Armstrong, University of Liverpool and Dalhousie University 

    (18)    Why Christians Should be Platonists...... 223 John N. Findlay, Boston University

    Volume IV

    THE STRUCTURE OF BEING, R Baine Harris, Editor

    (ISBN 0-87395.532-3or.533-1/1982/187p)


    Preface...-.vii R Baine Harris, Old Dominion University

    (1)        The Logical Peculiarities of Neoplatonism...... I J. N. Findlay, Boston University

    (2)        On Logical Structure and the Plotinic Cosmos ...... 11 R M. Martin, Northwestern University

    (3)        Some Logical Aspects of the Concept of Hypostasis in Plotinus...... 24 John P. Anton, University of South Florida, Miami

    (4)         The One, or God, Is Not Properly Hypostasis: A Reply to Professor Anton-..34 John N. Deck, University of Windsor

    (5)         Plotinus' Theory of The One...... 40 Eugene F. Bales, Conception Seminar College, Conception, Missouri 

    (6)         Vertical Causation in Plotinus.-...51 Michael F. Wagner, University of San Diego

    (7)        The Ontological Basis of Plotinus's Criticism of Aristotle's Theory of Categories ...... 73 Christos Evangeliou, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

    (8)        Plotinus and Self-Predication....-83 John Fielder, Villanova University 

    (9)         Omnipresence and Eidetic Causation in Plotinus...... 90 Jonathan Scott Lee, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois 

    (10)        Cantor's Sets and Proclus' Wholes ......104 Robert S. Brumbaugh, Yale University

    (11)        The Mathematics of Mysticism: Plotinus and Proclus ......114 Carl R Kordig, University of Akron

    (12)        The Anatomy of a Neoplatonist Metaphysical Proof. .....122 Ronald Hathaway, Temple University

    (13)        The Idea of False in Proclus ......137 Evanghelos A. Moutsopoulos, University of Athens

    (14)        Participation and the Structure of Being in Proclus' Elements of Theology ......140 Leo Sweeney, Loyola University of Chicago

    Notes ......157-187

    Volume V


    (ISBN 0-7914.1335-8or.1336-5/1992/267p)


    Preface ...... vii  R Baine Harris, Old Dominion 

    University Introduction ...... 1 Parviz Morewedge, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

    PART I


    (1)        A Critical Analysis of the Structure of the Kalam S mahd al-khair (Liber de causis)......11 Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University

    (2)        The Relevance of Avicennian Neoplatonism...... 41 Joseph Owens, University of Toronto

    (3)        The Neoplatonic Structure of Some Islamic Mystical Doctrines ...... 51 Parviz Morewedge, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York



    (4)        Quiddity and Universality in Avicenna...... 77 Michael E. Marmura, University of Toronto 

    (5)            Self-Knowing in Plato, Plotinus, and Avicenna...... 89 Laura Westra, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 

    (6)            AI-Razi and al-Tiisi on Ibn Sni's Theory of Emanation ...... II I Nicholas Heer, University of Washington, Seattle

    (7)        AI-Farabi, Emanation, and Metaphysics ......127 Therese-Anne Druart, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

    (8)        The Universal Soul and the Particular Soul in Ismaili Neoplatonism...... 167 Paul E. Walker, McGill University

    (9)        The Transformation of Spiritual Substance into Bodily Substance in Ismaili Neoplatonism...... 167 Mohamed A. Alibhai, Harvard University


    (10)    The Circle of Spiritual Ascent According to Al-Qunawi...... 179 William C. Chittick. State University of New York at Stony Brook 

    (11)    The Return to "The One" in the Philosophy of Najm AI-Din AI-Kubra...... 211 David Martin, Washington Academy, Washington, D.C.

    (12)    Revelation and "Natural" Knowledge of God ......247 Vincent Potter, Fordham University

    Volume VI


    Richard T. Wallis, Editor; Jay Bregman, Associate Editor

    (ISBN 0-7914.1337-3or.1338-1/1991/531p)


    Preface ...... ix R. Baine Harris, Old Dominion University 

    Introduction ...... 1 *Richard T. Wallis, University of Oklahoma and Jay Bregman, University of Maine

    (1)            Theourgia - Demiourgia: A Controversial Issue in Hellenistic Thought and Religion ...... 9 John P. Anton, University of South Florida

    (2)            Dualism: Platonic, Gnostic, and Christian ...... 33 A. H. Armstrong, University of Liverpool and Dalhousie University

    (3)        The "Second God" in Gnosticism and Plotinus's Anti-Gnostic Polemic ...... 55 Francisco Garcia Bazan, John F. Kennedy University, Buenos Aires Translated from Spanish by Winifred T. Slater

    (4)            Synesius, the Hermetica and Gnosis ...... 85 Jay Bregman, University of Maine 

    (5)            Pleroma and Noetic Cosmos: A Comparative Study ...... 99 John M. Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin

    (6)            Plotinus's Anti-Gnostic Polemic and Porphyry's Against The Christians ...... III Christos Evangeliou, Towson University

    (7)            Theological Doctrines of the Latin Asclepius...... 129 Stephen Gersh, Notre Dame University

    (8)            Negative Theology in Gnosticism and Neoplatonism...... 167 Curtis L. Hancock, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri 

    (9)        The Platonism of the Tripartite Tractate (NH 1, 5)......186 John Peter Kenney, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

    (10)     The Noetic Triad in Plotinus, Marius Victorinus, and Augustine...... 207 Peter Manchester, State Universit y of New York at Stony Brook

    (11)     "Plenty Sleeps There": The Myth of Eros and Psyche in Plotinus and Gnosticism ......223 Patricia Cox Miller, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

    (12)     "The Name of the Father is the Son" (Gospel of Truth 38)......239 Raoul Mortley, Bond University, Queensland, Australia

    (13)     Theurgic Tendencies in Gnosticism and Iamblichus's Conception of Theurgy...... 253 Birger A. Pearson, University of California at Santa Barbara

    (14)     Beauty, Number and Loss of Order in the Gnostic Cosmos ......277 Pheme Perkins, Boston College

    (15)     Theories of Procession in Plotinus and the Gnostics ......297 Jean Pepin, Paris, France

    (16)     Titus of Bostra and Alexander of Lycopolis: A Christian and a Platonic Refutation of Manichaean Dualism ......337 Gedaliahu G. Stroumsa, Hebrew Union University of Jerusalem 

    (17)            Le Nombre et Son Ombre (Resume)...... 351 Ara Alexandeu Sismanian, Paris, France

    (18)           Mani's Twin and Plotinus: Questions on "Self '......381 Leo Sweeney, Loyola University of Chicago

    (19)           Gnosticism and Platonism: The Platonizing Sethian Texts from Nag Hammadi in their Relation to Later Platonic Literature ......125 John D. Turner, University of Nebraska

    (20)       Soul and Nous in Plotinus, Numenius and Gnosticism ......461 Richard T. Wallis, University of Oklahoma

    (21)       Higher Providence, Lower Providences and Fate in Gnosticism and Middle Platonism...... 483 Michael A. Williams, University of Washington

    Volume VII


    (ISBN 0-7914.1339-Xor.1340-3/1992/454p)


    Preface ...... ix R. Baine Harris, Old Dominion University

    (1)            Introduction: "Thematizing a Tradition ........ 1 Lenn E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University 

    (2)            Philo's Conception of the Divine Nature ...... 21 David Winston, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 

    (3)            Solomon Ibn Gabirol's Doctrine of Intelligible Matter ...... 43 John M. Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin

    (4)            Parallel Structures in the Metaphysics of Iamblichus and Ibn Gabirol...... 61 C. K. Mathis, California State University

    (5)            Ibn Gabirol: The Sage among the Schoolmen...... 77 Bernard McGinn, The Divinity School, University of Chicago

    (6)            From What is One and Simple only What is One and Simple Can Come to Be ......111 Arthur Hyman, Yeshiva University

    (7)            Maimonides and Neoplatonism: Challenge and Response ......137 Alfred L. Ivry, New York University

    (8)            Maimonidean Naturalism ......157 Lenn E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University 

    (9)            The Virtue of Faith ......195 Menachem Kellner, University of Haifa

    (10)         Why Not Pursue the Metaphor of Artisan and View God's Knowledge as Practical? ...... 207 David B. Bu rrell, Notre Dame University

    (11)         Matter as Creature and as the Source of Evil: Maimonides and Aquinas ......217 Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University

    (12)         Divine Unity in Maimonides, the Tosafists and Me'iri...... 237 J. David Bleich, Yeshiva University

    (13)         Platonic Themes in Gersonides' Doctrine of the Active Intellect ......255 Seymour Feldman, Rutgers University

    (14)          Utterance and Ineffability in Jewish Neoplatonism...... 279 Steven T. Katz, Cornell University

    (15)           Self-Contraction of the Godhead in Kabbalistic Theology ......299 David Novak, University of Virginia

    (16)           Kabbalah and Platonism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance ......319 Moshe Idel, Hebrew Union University, Jerusalem

    (17)           Love and Intellect in Leone Ebreo: The Joys and Pains of Human Passion ......353 Hubert Dethier, Free University of Brussels and University of Amsterdam 

    (18)            Spinoza, Neoplatonic Kabbalist?...... 387 Richard Popkin, Washington University, St. Louis 

    (19)            The Psychodynamics of Neoplatonic Ontology ......411 Robert B. McLaren, California State University, Fullerton

    Volume VIII

    NEOPLATONISM AND NATURE, Michael F. Wagner, Editor

    (ISBN    1348P)


    Preface ...... vii R Baine Harris, Old Dominion University

    (1)            Introduction ...... I Michael F. Wagner, University of San Diego

    (2)        Plotinus and the Possibility of Natural Science: ,...5 Ronald F. Hathaway, Temple University

    (3)        The Practice of Plotinian Physics ...... 23 Jonathan Scott Lee, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado 

    (4)            Plotinus and Biology ...... 45 Anthony Preus, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 

    (5)            Plotinus Against Aritotle's Essentialism...... 59 Lloyd P. Gerson, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto 

    (6)            Explanation and Nature in ENNEADS VI.7.1-15...... 75 Sara L. Rappe, University of Michigan

    (7)            Providence: The Platonic Demiurge and Hellenistic Causality ......105 Gary M. Gurtler, Loloya University of Chicago

    (8)            Freedom and Providence in Plotinus...... 133 Laura S. Westra, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

    (9)        The Notion of Beauty in the Structure of the Universe: Pythagorean Influences ......157 Aprhodite Alexandrakis, Barry University, Miami, Florida 

    (10)       The One: Substance or Function? ...... 165 Reiner Schurmann, New School for Social Research, New York, New York 

    (11)        Plotinus on the Origin of Matter. .....187 William J. Carroll, Coppin State College, Baltimore, Maryland 

    (12) Plotinus' Set of Categories for the KOSMOS AISTHETOS...... 217 Christos Evangeliou, Towson University, Towson, Maryland 

    (13)            Sympathy: Stoic Materialism and the Platonic Soul ......249 Gary M. Gurtler, Loyola University of Chicago 

    (14)            Plotinus, Nature, and the Scientific Spirit. .....287 Michael F. Wagner, University of San Diego


    Propria .....341

    Index            Locorum (Enneads) .....343



    (ISBN    275p)


    Preface .... 5 -R. Baine Harris, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA 

    A Word of Thanks .... 9 -Paulos Mar Gregorios, Sarva Dharma Nilaya, New Delhi, India

    (1)        Does Geography Condition Philosophy? On Going Beyond the Occidental-Oriental Distinction .... 13 -Paulos Mar Gregorios

    (2)        Plato, Neoplatonism and Their Parallel Indian Ideas .... 31 -D. P. Chattopadhynya, Jadavpur University, India

    (3)        The Omnipresence of Being: The Intellect-Intelligible Identity and the Undescending Part of the Soul .... 45 -Atushi Sumi, Kyoto, Japan

    (4)        Oriental Influence Upon Plotinus' Thought: An Assessment of the Controversy Between Brehler and Rist on the Soul's Relation to the One .... 71 -Roman T. Ciapalo, Lloras College, Dubuque, Iowa, USA 

    (5)         Plotinus and Interior Space .... 83 -Frederick M. Schroeder, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    (6)        Unity and Multiplicity: Reflections on Emanationism as a Philosophical Theme In the Context of Neoplatomism .... 97 -P. K. Mukhopadhyaya, Jadavpur University, India 

    (7)        Being and Knowing in Plotinus .... 107 - Lloyd P. Gerson, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Canada 

    (8)            Platonism in Late Classical Antiquity and Some Indian Parallels . . . .127 -Henry J. Blumenthal, University of Liverpool, England

    (9)        The Sadhane of Plotinus and Sri Aurobindo . .. . 153 -Arabinda Basu, SriAuribindo Ashram, India

    (10)     Plotinus' Neoplatonism and the Thought of Sri Aurobindo . . . . 163 -John R.A. Mayer, Brock Univers ity, St. Catharines, Ontario

    (11)     The Theoria of Nature in Plotinus and the Yoga of the Earth Consciousness in Aurobindo .... 173 - Daniel Kealey, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

    (12)     The Four Dimensional Philosophy of Indian Thought and Plotinus .... 189 -1. C. Sharma, Manavata Mandir, Hoshiarpur, India

    (13)     Plotinus' Criticism of Materialism .... 199 -Christos Evangeliou, Towson University, Towson Maryland, USA 

    (14)     Plotinus and Vedanta .... 211 -S. R. Bhatt, University of New Delhi,            India

    (15)     Plotinus and Sankara: Some Significant Affinities and Divergencies .... 215 - G. C. Nayak, Nagarjuna Univer sity, Nagarnuna Nagar, India

    (16)     Man's Predicament - The Unique Indian Experience and the Neoplatonic Tradition .... 223 -Gopal Chandra Khan, Burwan University, Buradan, West Bengal, India 

    (17) Rationality and Ritual in Neoplatonism .... 229 - Robert M. Berchman, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York, USA

    Participants ....269 

    Contributors ....273

    Volume X


    (ISBN            )


    (1)        Science and the Great Chain of Being, Huston Smith, Syrachuse University 1            

    (2) Scientific Realism and Plotinus' Metaphysic of Nature, Michael F. Wagner, University of San Diego            

    (3) Teleology Revisited: A Neoplatonic Perspective in Environmental Biology, Peter Manchester, State University of New York at Stony Brook            71

    (4)        Plato, Proclus and Peirce; Abduction and the Foundations of the Logic of Discovery, Scott A. Olsen, Central Florida Community College, Ocala, Florida  81 

    (5)     Neoplatonism and the Cosmological Revolution: Holism, Fractal Geometry and Mind-in-Nature, David Fideler, Editor, Alexandria            97 

    (6)     Are Space and Time Real?, Robert Meredith Helm, Wake Forest University            117 

    (7)     The Influence of Plotinus on Bergson's Critique of Empirical Science, Curtis L. Hancock, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri            135


    (8)        The Ascent of Soul to Nous: Charles S. Peirce as Neoplatonist, Kelly Parker, Grand Valley State University            159 

    (9)        Alfred North Whitehead: Between Platonism and Neoplatonism, David Rodier The American University            175 

    (10)        Process and Eternity: Whitehead Contemplates Plotinus, Lewis S. Ford, Old Dominion University            195 

    (11)         The Psyche, The Forms and the Creative One: Toward Reconstruction of Neoplatonic Metaphysics, Atsushi Sumi, Hanazono University, Kyoto, Japan            211 

    (12)     Santayana's Christian Neoplatonism, Paul G. Kuntz, Emory University            257 

    (13)     Plotinus and Wittgenstein on Memory, Joseph Sen, Kings College, London  287 

    (14)     The Neoplatonism of Dean Inge, R. Baine Harris, Old Dominion University            297 

    (15)     Paul Tillich's System and Neoplatonism, John Charles Cooper, Ashbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky            309 

    (16)     The Contemporary Christian Platonism of A. H. Armstrong, Jay Bregman, University of Maine   319 

    (17)     Neoplatonic Background of the Metaphysics of Karl Jaspers and Its Impact on His Moral Philosophy, F. P.. Hager, University of Zurich   331 

    (18) The Place of Neoplatonism in the Post-Modern World, Christos Evangeliou, Towson University            369

    List of Contributors to Volume X            386

    Volume XI


      - Part Two

    R. Baine Harris, Editor,   


    (19)     Hiearchies, Cultural Institutions and the Problem of Democracy: A Neoplatonic Critique, John Anton,            University of South Florida  1 

    (20)     Porphyry's Concept of Ablabeia and the Issue of Animal Rights, Michael Hornum, Columbia, Maryland            16 

    (21)       Plotinian Roots of Ecology, Post-Normal Science and Environmental Ethics, Laura Westra, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York     28 

    (22)     Commonality and Difference Between Neoplatonism and Deep Ecology

    David R. Lea, University of Papua New Guinea  48 

    (23)     Neoplatonism in Transpersonal Psychology: The Thought of Ken Wilber, Daniel Kealey, Towson University            68 

    (24)     Platonopolis Revisited, Robert Meredith Helms, Wake Forest University            78 

    (25)     Deconstructionism and Neoplatonism: Jacques Derrida and Dionysius the Areopagite, Leo Sweeney, S. J. , Loyola University of Chicago            90 

    (26)    Signifying Nothing: Being as a Sign in Neoplatonism and Derrida, Eric D. Perl, The Catholic University of America            122 

    (27)    Can Neoplatonism be Harmonized with Postmodernity?, John Mayer, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario  158 


    (28)    Alexej Losev: A Neoplatonic View of the Dialectic of Absence and Presence in the Nature of Artistic Form, Oleg Bychkov, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaenture, New York            166 

    (29)     Aesthetics as a Philosophic Ethos: Plotinus and Foucault, Robert Berchman, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York     184 

    (30)     Plotinus on the Origin and Place of Beauty in Thought About the World, A. H. Armstrong, Dalhousie University and the University of Liverpool            216 

    (31)     Does Modern Art Reflect Plotinus' Notion of Beauty?, Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Barry University, Miami, Florida            228 

    (32)     Neoplatonism: Unity and Plurality in the Arts, L. E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University            240 

    (33)     The Epiphanie of Traces in Art: Post-Neoplatonic Visualizations of the Invisible, Alicia Kuczynska, University of Warsaw            254 

    (34)     Some Remarks About the Difficulties in Realizing Neoplatonic Thought in Contemporary Philosophy and Art, Werner Beierwaltes, University of Munich  264 


    (35)     Neoplatonism and Western Christian Man, John N. Findlay, Boston University            282 

    (36)     Does Neoplatonism Have Anything to Say to Post-Modern Spirituality?, Paulos Mar Gregorios, Syrian Othodox Metropolitan of Delhi     296 

    (37)     Neoplatonism and Contemporary Theories of Mysticism, Parviz Morewedge, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York            300 

    (38)     Neoplatonism and Contemporary Slavic Spirituality: Survival and Revival of the Fittest, In the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras, Roman T. Ciapalo, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa            332 

    (39)     Neoplatonism in Contemporary Christian Spirituality, Robert Cummings Neville   342 

    (40)     No-Thing or Nothing: Mysticism and Neoplatonism in Neville's Conception of God, Charles G. Wood,   The Union            Institute, Cincinatti, Ohio     370 

    - Contributors to Vol. XI   381


    NEOPLATONISM AND WESTERN AESTHETICS, Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Editor

    Nikolas J. Moutafakis, Associate Editor


    (ISBN    254p.)


    Preface . . . . ix - R Baine Harris, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA 

    Editors' Introduction .... 1 -Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Barry University, Miami, Florida USA -Nicholas J. Moutafakis, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA


    (1) Action, Contemplation and Interiority in the Thinking of Beauty in Plotinus .... 3 -Jean-Marc Narbonne, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

    (2) Personal Beauty in the Thought of Plotinus .. .. 19 -Joseph Sen, University of London, England

    (3) The Beautiful According to Dionysius .... 31 -Dimitrios N. Koutras, Athens, Greece

    (4) The Experience of Beauty in Plotinus and Aquinas: Some Similarities and Differences ....41 -Patrick Quinn, Dublin, Ireland


    (5)        The Sense of Beauty (Kallos) in Proclus the Neoplatonist .... 53 -Christos Terezis and Kalomoira Polychronopoulou, Patras, Greece 

    (6)            The Vigil of the One and Plotinian Iconoclasm .... 61 - F. M. Schroeder, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    (7)            Neoplatonic Influences on Eastern Iconography: A Greek-rooted Tradition .... 75 -Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Barry University, Miami, Florida, USA

    (8)        The Neoplatonic Tradition in the Art of El Greco .... 89 -Robert Meredith Helm, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 

    (9)            Giorgio Vasari's The Toilet of Venus: Neoplatonic Notion of Female Beauty .... 99 - Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA, USA 

    (10)            Neoplatonism in the Design of Baroque Architecture .... 113 -John Hendrix, Rome, Italy


    (11)    Poetic Hierarchies in the Works of Nikos Kazantzakis .... 131 -John P. Anton, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA 

    (12)     Neoplatonic Elements in the Spiritual Life .... 143 -John Lachs, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA 

    (13)     Martin Heidegger on Mimesis in Plato and Platonism .... 153 -Constantinos Proimos, University of Crete, Greece

    (14)     The Neoplatonic Dimensions of Skovoroda's Aestheric Theory .... 165 - Roman T. Ciapalo, Lloras College, Dubuque, Iowa, USA

    (15)     Neoplatonism and American Aestherics .... 177 - Jay Bregman, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA 


    (16)     The Role of Aesthetics in Plotinus' Ascent of the Soul . . . . 193 -J. Noel Hubler, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, USA 

    (17)     Creation or Metamorphosis: Plotinus on the Genesis of the World .... 207 -Panayiota Vassilopoulou, University of Liverpool, England

    (18)     Divinized and De-devinized - Conceptions of the World and of Cosmos .... 229 

    Contributors ....247;  

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