Modes of Knowledge and the Transcendental

An introduction to Plotinus Ennead 5.3 [49]

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The philosophy of Plotinus is usually depicted as a quest for the absolute, outside and beyond the world of human knowledge and experience. Yet in the late treatise Ennead 5.3 [49], Plotinus shows himself a philosopher of the transcendental, rather than of the transcendent. Starting from a critical analysis of the idea of self-knowledge, he develops a world-view in which central notions of his metaphysics are represented, not as different “hypostases” or transcendent beings, but as limiting cases of reality as we human beings know it. Fundamental to this world-view is Plotinus' assumption that a close analogy can be established between the psychological and the physical description of man.
[Bochumer Studien zur Philosophie, 17]  1991.  vii, 200 pp.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher: B.R. Grüner Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface
vii
I Introduction
1
1 Interpreting Plotinus
1
2 The Treatise ≪Modes of Knowledge and the Transcendental≫
15
II Aspects of the Plotinian Universe
26
A Transcendental Method
26
Self-knowledge and the Concept of ≪We≫
31
An Antithesis Between the Psychical and the Physical Realm?
42
Idealism or Realism?
58
Unity as a Limiting Concept
70
III Modes of Knowledge and the Transcendental
75
1 Modes of Self-Knowledge
75
2 The Ultimate Limit of Thought
131
Index of Classical Authors
184
Index of Greek Words
190
General Index
193
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BIC Subject: HP – Philosophy
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