Philosophy in Late Antiquity 

Philosophy in Late Antiquity 

by Andrew Smith  (Author), 2004

 

One of the most significant cultural achievements of Late Antiquity lies in the domains of philosophy and religion, more particularly in the establishment and development of Neoplatonism as one of the chief vehicles of thought and subsequent channel for the transmission of ancient philosophy to the medieval and renaissance worlds. Important, too, is the emergence of a distinctive Christian philosophy and theology based on a foundation of Greek pagan thought. This book provides an introduction to the main ideas of Neoplatonism and some of the ways in which they influenced Christian thinkers.

(Text by the author)

 

CONTENTS

Preface

PART I

Setting the agenda: The philosophy of Plotinus

Introduction

1 The individual

2 The One

3 Intellect

4 Soul, the universe and matter

5 The return of the soul

 

PART II The diffusion of Neoplatonism

6 Philosophy and religion

7 The development of Neoplatonism

8 Christianity and Neoplatonism

 

Notes

Suggestions for further reading

Index


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