It is in the difference in ruling between Kallipolis and Malacandra that Lewis situates himself most saliently with respect to neo-Platonism
. To Lewis the Good is God, therefore sentient and with agency of His own, and thus it makes sense that His closest supernatural agents, the Eldila, would rule instead of the merely intellectually superior caste.
This play represents two unhealthy extremes--a court full of useless courtiers obsessed with debating neo-Platonism
and a dangerously ambitious royal favorite--but ultimately proposes a "middle way" (44) of governing like the country swains, who embody active, loyal parliamentary figures.
Gerber does well to situate Augustine's Trinitarian thought within the context not just of Nicene doctrine, but also the philosophical context of Neo-Platonism
. Just as he understands the emanation of the Son from the Father to be as that of Intellectus from Principium, so he understands the Holy Spirit as akin to the Psyche or Soul of Plotinus, emerging from these two principles, informing and giving life to the created world.
morphed into full-blooded mysticism when it got absorbed into the thinking of the Kabbalists of Spain.
Featuring studies on Platonism and neo-Platonism
by scholars from twelve countries, this collection includes material on unity, intellect, and beauty; happiness and virtue, the soul and body; Platonopolia; philosophy and religion; and the career of Dominic J.
He does this by avoiding the highly technical terminology of Neo-Platonism
while not sacrificing a rigorous analysis of Plotinus' views.
Cooper's discussion of neo-Platonism
is thoughtful, useful, and comprehensive.
249--"he was ashamed to have a body": Porphyrius, pupil and biographer of Plotinus (c.205-270 AD), Roman philosopher and founder of neo-Platonism
As part of his intellectual development, Saint Augustine mastered the concepts of Neo-Platonism
, a philosophical perspective credited to Egyptian-born intellectual, Plotinus, who shared Augustine's African roots although Plotinus was of Greek ancestry.
Streete discusses Erasmus' difference with Luther, opposing the Dutch moralist's neo-Platonism
, which yielded a vision of humans bound to God through Christ via mimetic chains of increasing likeness, to Luther's idea of man's absolute corruption (the effacement by sin of God's image in humankind).
All involve what he calls "ultimate explanation of a type that goes back to Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and beyond him to Plato," and the theory "that the good (merit, being 'for the best') exerts a creative impulse," an idea found "in Plato and Aristotle, in neo-Platonism
, in Christian scholasticism, and indeed in some contemporary thinkers as well".
But it is necessary to recognize that for Lewis, as for the great pagan tradition of neo-Platonism
and gnosticism, existence as such is the ultimate sham.
He acknowledges within the allegorical method the presence of philosophical elements of neo-Platonism
, Stoicism, and Aristotle's philosophy, but for him these philosophies seem to play no decisive role in the formulation of biblical theology.
Eros as longing of the sickening soul in Neo-Platonism
is metamorphosed into Mystic-Eros in the Middle Ages, and while ascending the various steps of the chain of Eros, the soul experiences a constant oscillation between the sacred and the profane.
The former he sees as derived from Christian Neo-Platonism
, the latter from the objective creationism promoted by Aurelius Augustine.