Plotinus on Self
The Philosophy of the 'We'
By (author) Pauliina Remes
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Plotinus on Self by Pauliina Remes
Book DescriptionPlotinus, the founder of the Neoplatonic school of philosophy, conceptualises two different notions of self (or 'us'): the corporeal and the rational. Personality and imperfection mark the former, while goodness and a striving for understanding mark the latter. In this text, Dr Remes grounds the two selfhoods in deep-seated Platonic ontological commitments, following their manifestations, interrelations and sometimes uneasy coexistence in philosophical psychology, emotional therapy and ethics. Plotinus' interest lies in what it means for a human being to be a temporal and a corporeal thing, yet capable of abstract and impartial reasoning, of self-government and perhaps even invulnerability. The book argues that this involves a philosophically problematic rupture within humanity which is, however, alleviated by the psychological similarities and points of contact between the two aspects of the self. The purpose of life is the cultivation of the latter aspect, the true self.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521867290
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pauliina Remes
Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism, Hardback (April 2014)
"The Handbook of Neoplatonism" is an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the most important issues and developments in one of the fastest growing areas of research in ancient philosophy.
Plotinus on Self, Paperback (March 2011)
This text examines Plotinus' conceptualisation of two selfhoods - corporeal and rational, their interrelations and implications for living.
Neoplatonism, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by Pauliina Remes
Reassesses Neoplatonism's philosophical credentials, from its founding by Plotinus through the closure of Plato's Academy in 529. This book explores the ideas of leading Neoplatonists, such as Porphyry, Iamblichus, Proclus, Simplicius, and Damascius, as well as less well-known thinkers.
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Author Biography - Pauliina Remes
Pauliina Remes is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki.
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