Plotinus and the individual principle. A commentary on Ennead V.7.1

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Plotinus and the individual principle. A commentary on Ennead V.7.1

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Plotinus and the individual principle. A commentary on Ennead V.7.1
Author: Mulder, D.E.
Issue Date: 2018-01-31
Keywords: Plotinus
Neo-Platonism
Augustine
Commentary
Forms of individuals
Structuralism
Abstract: Does every individual human being have its own Form in the intellectual world? In contrast with his Platonic forerunners, Plotinus presents in Ennead V.7 an original approach to this controversial question and does not hesitate to deal with the question with a perspective that is broader than purely metaphysical. He goes beyond his predecessors in trying to come up with a comprehensive and philosophically correct discussion and does not contend himself with a didactic and dogmatic repetition of the (presumed) Platonic point of view. By means of a structuralistic approach, this commentary demonstrates that Plotinus denies the existence of a Form of an individual, but instead posits an individual forming principle (logos) in the soul. In addition, it is shown that Augustine in his remarks on the Form of the individual is clearly inspired by Plotinus.
Supervisor: Berg, R.M. van den
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research master)
Specialisation: Classics
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/57329
 

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