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Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology and Ethics

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2017.11.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David J. Yount, Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology and Ethics, Bloomsbury, 2017, 311 pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474298421. Reviewed by Georges Leroux, Université du Québec à Montréal In his new study of the similarities between Plato and Plotinus, David J. Yount proceeds to a meticulously argued demonstration of the thesis he had already put forward in his preceding book (Plotinus the Platonist: A Comparative Account of Plato and Plotinus’ Metaphysics, Bloomsbury, 2016). According to him, there are no essential differences between their philosophical doctrines. This thesis has a long history, and it has been discussed in numerous, if not all, modern and contemporay studies devoted to the influence of Plato’s doctrines on Plotinus. As Yount reminds us in the opening pages, referring to E. N. Tigerstedt’s seminal work (Interpreting Plato, 1977), this debate goes back to the discussion of the. . .

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