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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 (2)

Plotinus as Interpreter of Plato (2)

(p.283) Chapter 11 Plotinus as Interpreter of Plato (2)
From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson

Cornell University Press

This chapter shows that between the three hypostases on the one hand and the account of, say, culpable wrongdoing or the value of “externals” to the good life on the other, there is something like a distinctive Platonic anthropology that does define the limits on acceptable Platonic answers to human questions. This anthropology flows out of Ur-Platonism and is built on the armature of the metaphysics of the three hypostases. Plotinus's Enneads in general hardly ever disconnects the anthropology from the metaphysics. This is at least part of the reason why we sometimes find in them quotations from dialogues of Plato like Sophist and Symposium that are infrequently juxtaposed. For Plotinus, at any rate, the harmony of the metaphysics and the anthropology is further evidence of the truth of Platonism.

Keywords:   Plotinus, Platonism, anthropology, Platonic anthropology, metaphysics, Ur-Platonism, three hypostases

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