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Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice

Stephen R. L. Clark

Abstract

Plotinus's images are not merely 'ornamental' but constitute spiritual exercises. We need to understand Plotinus's myths and metaphors in the cultural and philosophical context of his time if we are to understand what those exercises amount to, and so to understand, as it were from within, where his philosophy leads. What is it, for example, ‘to think away the spatiality’ (or the bulk) of material things? What state of consciousness is being recommended when Plotinus speaks of love, or drunkenness, or nakedness? What sort of stars or star-like consciousness is intended when he declares that we ... More

Keywords: Plotinus, Metaphors, Myths, Souls, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226339672
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226339702.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen R. L. Clark, author
University of Liverpool