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From Plato to Platonism$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.001.0001

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Plotinus as Interpreter of Plato (1)

Plotinus as Interpreter of Plato (1)

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(p.255) Chapter 10 Plotinus as Interpreter of Plato (1)
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From Plato to Platonism
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Lloyd P. Gerson

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.003.0010

This chapter evaluates the justness of Proclus's reverence for Plotinus as an expositor of Platonism. While Proclus had no doubts that his view was uncontroversial, the situation looks to many scholars entirely different today. At the extreme, Plotinus's version of Platonism is taken to be a travesty of the true Platonism of the dialogues. A more moderate position would perhaps allow a core of authenticity in Plotinus's Platonism while insisting that the consequences Plotinus draws from this core are remote or at least different from anything Plato could reasonably be thought to have held. Nevertheless, Plotinus's access to texts, his apparent reliance on a long tradition of the oral transmission of Platonic doctrine, and his manifest bona fides are certainly not sufficient to guarantee the accuracy of his systematic account.

Keywords:   Proclus, Plotinus, Platonism, Platonic doctrine

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