This short book introduces the reader to the key thoughts of Plotinus: the intelligible accessed by thinking and grace accessed by love. It is readable, and makes Plotinus a little more accessible.
We are naturally at risk of wanting to draw parallels between Plotinus' Good/God and Christian theology, but Hadot carefully mitigates this risk showing us how the Plotinian focus on self-become-like-God through virtue has really nothing to do with St Paul's "Christ-in-me".
Hadot therefore casts fruitful light on the vexed question of the relationship between pagan and Christian thought in late antiquity. Plotinus holds our attention not because of his elaborate mystical vision of unity in diversity, but because of his fateful, serene indifference to the Christian moment.
- Paperback: 145 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (15 January 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226311945
- ISBN-13: 978-0226311944
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.9 x 1.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 254 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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