Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice

2016.09.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen R.L. Clark, Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 344pp., $55.00
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2016.09.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen R.L. Clark, Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 344pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226339672. Reviewed by Michael Chase, CNRS Centre Jean Pépin This is a bold work that applies a new approach to the interpretation of the thought of the founder of Neoplatonism. It is not a systematic historical study of Plotinus, nor an analysis of his arguments, but an attempt, as the author writes, to show how Plotinus would have us live here-now, and what the world of our experience might seem if we reformed our wills and imagination, whether or not the universe is as he argued that it was. Even his most metaphysical utterances can be given a therapeutic and this-worldly meaning. (p. 297) Stephen R.L. Clark intends, moreover, to try "to develop and check [Plotinus'] texts against our own experience of the world and the evidence of other -- seemingly similar... . . .

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