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Plotinus on Consciousness

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2018.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews D. M. Hutchinson, Plotinus on Consciousness, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 209pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108424769. Reviewed by Damian Caluori, Trinity University The view that ancient philosophers made no use of the notion of consciousness, and perhaps even the view that consciousness does not enter philosophical discourse before Descartes, may still have its adherents. However, anyone who reads the Enneads can hardly overlook the fact that consciousness plays an important role in Plotinus. D. M. Hutchinson's study is thus most welcome as it is hoped that its discussion will motivate scholars of ancient philosophy and beyond to study Plotinus' contribution to the history of the philosophy of this remarkable phenomenon, consciousness. It is a well-known fact that the term "consciousness" is used to refer to a number of distinct, though related, phenomena. According to David Armstrong (1980)... . . .

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