Regrettably, since the Neoplatonists
reject some essential notions that Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics hold in common, at least some summary of this transition should have been included in the book.
Al Kindi, who was interested in Plato, Aristotle and various Neoplatonist
writers, prodded Abu MaaACAyshar to delve into mathematics to gain a skill that would add value to his life.
In these poems Marullus descends systematically through the various hierarchies of being, presenting a universe in which Lucretius is as present as Plato and the Neoplatonists
. Marullus is occasionally obscure, but the strictures of Julius Caesar Scaliger are too harsh: we have here a poet who is well worth reading, whom Ronsard imitated and who appears later still in George Eliot's Romola.
Respect for and grasp of the history of apophasis, especially in the later Neoplatonists
and some Christians, might offer a way for critiquing the dominant European forms of philosophy that have become so prominent in literary and cultural studies in the academy in the United States.
This statement from Parmenides is worth remembering because it contains in embryo some later Plotinian considerations, providing in fact the Neoplatonists
, who were ardent to reconsider the apeiron, with a hint of vast importance.
Furthermore, out of the Neoplatonists
Cusanus knew quite well, Proclus in his Timaeus commentary takes pains to demonstrate the goodness of the created world as a whole, all the way down to its final and most diffuse elements.
Chevrolet is attentive to the paradoxical coexistence of these contradictory tendencies in texts of the period, and is at pains to trace out the philosophical reasons for the Neoplatonists
' rehabilitation of poetry despite Plato's condemnations.
Many scholars believe that this work, and its companion piece The Birth of Venus, are representations of "Neoplatonism." Renaissance Neoplatonists
sought to synthesize elements of Plato's philosophies with elements of Christianity.
Chapter 1 surveys the varied understandings of ritual efficacy put forth by Porphyry and Iamblichus, and examines how both Neoplatonists
and Christian authors such as Dionysius the Areopagite and Augustine mapped such understandings onto the categories "theurgy" and "magic." These terms should be understood as characterizations and evaluations of rituals, rather than references to specific rituals (17).
The first main chapter, 'The Esoteric Tradition in Literature', plots a progression from Roman mystery cults, through Golden Agemystics and Neoplatonists
, German Romantics, French symbolists and decadents, and finally to the surrealists, who, according to Nicholson, like the earlier poets, in their writings sought the sacred, although in human consciousness, not in nature.
For the Neoplatonists
as well, the limitations of metaphysical
A more adequate understanding of ancient Neoplatonism has been hindered by various tendencies in modern scholarship, among which are a doxographic approach that treats ancient texts as material from which doctrinal systems are to be extracted, and the belief that, with Iamblichus, Neoplatonists
, competing with Christian theology, capitulated to irrationalism and replaced philosophy with theurgy and other magical practices.
More then carefully studied the writings of Plato and the Neoplatonists
. His earliest publications, some in the form of poems, are based mainly on his readings of Plato and Plotinus.
141, where more needs to be said about the Platonist history of asunchutos henosis), and at times he follows older and erroneous views -- especially those of Dodds -- about the `magic' of the later Neoplatonists
. Nor can he always resist an inaccurate jibe at Augustine.