Plotinus the Platonist: A Comparative Account of Plato and Plotinus' Metaphysics

2015.09.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David J. Yount, Plotinus the Platonist: A Comparative Account of Plato and Plotinus' Metaphysics, Bloomsbury, 2014, 262pp.,
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2015.09.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David J. Yount, Plotinus the Platonist: A Comparative Account of Plato and Plotinus' Metaphysics, Bloomsbury, 2014, 262pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472575210. Reviewed by Damian Caluori, Trinity University In this book, David J. Yount defends the claim that Plotinus' and Plato's metaphysical views do "not essentially differ" (ix). To make his point, he introduces the "compatibility principle," (CP) which he describes as follows: Plato['s] and Plotinus' views are compatible or consistent in principle if Plotinus (or Plato) writes on some subject that does not appear in Plato (or Plotinus), unless there is written evidence in a particular case that one author writes something to the effect that 'A is true' and the other author writes that 'A is false' (xxviii). As Yount explains, even if, for obvious historical reasons, there is no evidence about Plato's view on Gnosticism, Plotinus' taking a stance against. . .

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