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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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Platonism as a System

Platonism as a System

(p.227) Chapter 9 Platonism as a System
From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers an explication of the Plotinian system independently of its putative Platonic basis. For Plotinus, it is not that he does not have what he regards as textual support for his claim that his system is identical to Plato's, but that his focus, like Aristotle's, is on the truth. Despite being considered the greatest exegete “of the Platonic revelation,” Plotinus does not consider himself an innovator or an original philosopher; the exegete is tasked with making explicit what is only implicit; and Plato, too, is not original, at least in his expression of fundamental metaphysical principles. This chapter explores his underlying assumption of the Ur-Platonism in examining his three basic principles or hypostases of Platonism.

Keywords:   Plotinus, Plotinian system, Platonic revelation, exegesis, Platonism, three hypostases, Proclus

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