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Plotinus on Selfhood, Freedom and Politics

A part of the series Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity (6) og the subject area


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397 pages ill.,(Acta Jutlandica, 79:1; Humanities Series 76)
Hardback
ISBN 87 7934 098 9

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As the most important philosophical work to emerge in the 700-year period between Aristotle and Augustine, The Enneads has been subject to intense scrutiny for more than 2000 years. But the mystical and abstract nature of these treatises by Plotinus continues to resist easy elucidation. In this volume, the latest in the Aarhus Studies on Mediterranean Antiquity, Asger Ousager grapples with the great neo-Platonist's conception of the individual. Is the individual free or determined? Is the Plotinian God subject to any compulsion Himself, and with what consequences for our inner and outer freedom? And finally, what are the political and ethical implications of Plotinism?

Since Plotinus has traditionally been regarded as apolitical, it is the evidence that Ousager marshals for his political philosophy that forms the most intriguing part of this study. According to the author, what distinguishes Plotinus from Plato and Aristotle politically is his emphasis on natural authority, mutual cooperation and the immense potential of all people, even slaves. The volume concludes with a brief survey of archaeological evidence for the direct social and political impact of Plotinus' thought on his own age.

Sanne Lind Hansen

Sanne

MA in ethnography and classical archeology, and trained from the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne works primarily with the travel books series Vide verden and publications in anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and is the longest serving editor at the Press. A generation ago, she was employed at Antiquities at the National Museum.

Sanne Lind Hansen

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Telephone: 53 55 07 59

slh@unipress.au.dk

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Barrie Fleet Ancient Philosophy

"...a lengthy ambitious book...attempts to present a range of differing views of many of the issues covered...The English is good...a scholarly work which will appeal to a specialised readership.."

  

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