Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism

Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato’s Phaedo – (Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition #12)
by Sebastian Ramon Philipp Gertz, 2011
The belief in the immortality of the soul has been described as one of the twin pillars of Platonism and is famously defended by Socrates in Plato s Phaedo. The ancient commentaries on the dialogue by Olympiodorus and Damascius offer a unique perspective on the reception of this belief in the Platonic tradition. Through a detailed discussion of topics such as suicide, the life of the philosopher and arguments for immortality, this study demonstrates the commentators serious engagement with problems in Plato’s text as well as the dialogue’s importance to Neoplatonic ethics. The book will be of interest to students of Plato and the Platonic tradition, and to those working on ancient ethics and psychology.
(Text by the author)
Contents:

Preliminary Material

Introduction

I. Olympiodorus On Suicide

II. Politics And Purification In Socrates’ Second Defence (Phd. 63b–69e)

III. Syrianus And Damascius: Two Interpretations Of The Argument From Opposites In Plato’s Phaedo (Phd. 69e–72d)

IV. Memory, Forgetfulness And Recollection In The Commentaries On Plato’s Phaedo

V. The Affinity Argument In Plato’s Phaedo

VI. The Final Argument In Plato’s Phaedo

VII. After Death: The Phaedo Myth And Its Neoplatonic Interpreters

General Conclusions

Bibliography

Index Rerum

Index nominum Veterum et Recentiorum

Index Locorum Potiorum


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