Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics (Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition)

Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics (Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition)

Jean-Marc Narbonne


the perspective positioned forth within the following pages differs vastly from the typical point of view in keeping with which the treatises 30 to 33 represent a unmarried paintings, a "Grossschrift," and this unmarried paintings, Plotinus crucial reaction to the Gnostics. Our standpoint is that of an ongoing discussions together with his Gnostic but Platonizing buddies, which all started early in his writings (at least treatise 6), constructed into what shall we name a "Grosszyklus" (treatises 27 to 39), and went on in later treatises besides (e. g. 47-48, 51). the chance of an ongoing dialogue with the Gnostics bears an extra advantage, that of taking into consideration a really dynamic realizing of the Plotinian corpus."

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