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Plotinus' Legacy: The Transformation of Platonism from the Renaissance to the Modern Era

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2020.01.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Gersh (ed.), Plotinus' Legacy: The Transformation of Platonism from the Renaissance to the Modern Era, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 298pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108415286. Reviewed by Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto Plotinus (204/5-270 C.E.) has an unusually complex profile, especially in the modern history of philosophy. He explicitly claimed to be nothing more than an exegete of Plato, and in the eyes of Proclus (412-485 C.E.), he was indeed the great exegete of the Platonic revelation. An additional point is worth emphasizing, one to which I shall return. Plotinus thought that Plato had largely expressed the truth, although on occasion he spoke "enigmatically." This is worth remembering because even if one accepts Plotinus' claim to be nothing more than an exegete of Plato, one has to keep in mind that exegesis is held by him to be in the service of truth, not in the service of a publication. Hence, contemporary exegetes of Plotinus... Read More

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