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Plotinus’ Psychology

His Doctrines of the Embodied Soul

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. H. J. Blumenthal
    Pages 1-7
  3. H. J. Blumenthal
    Pages 8-19
  4. H. J. Blumenthal
    Pages 20-30
  5. H. J. Blumenthal
    Pages 31-44
  6. H. J. Blumenthal
    Pages 45-66
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  10. H. J. Blumenthal
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  11. H. J. Blumenthal
    Pages 134-140
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 141-156

About this book


This book is a revised version, with some omissions, of a Cambridge doctoral dissertation submitted in 1963: I fear that it still bears marks of its origins. The dissertation itself was the result of an earlier scheme to identify the sources of Plotinus' psychological doctrines. In the course of this work it soon became evident that it was not sufficient1y clear what these doctrines were. Students of Plotinus have tended to concentrate on the higher regions of his world, and there is still no satisfactory treatment of his doctrines of the embodied soul. It is the purpose of this book to provide a fairly extensive survey of these doctrines. It does not claim to be exhaustive. Nor does it claim to add a large body of new knowledge, since over so wide a field many points have been touched on by others, if only in passing. But I hope that it may remove some misconceptions, and bring the details of Plotinus' theories into sharper focus. It had been my intention to add an introduction - mainly for the benefit of non-specialist readers - on the psychology of Plotinus' predecessors. In the meantime the Cambridge History of Later Greek and Early Medieval Philosophy has appeared, and the reader who wants information on this subject may convenient1y be referred to the relevant parts of the late Professor Merlan's chapters on the predeces­ sors of Plotinus.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Plotinus’ Psychology
  • Book Subtitle His Doctrines of the Embodied Soul
  • Authors H.J. Blumenthal
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-2991-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2989-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 156
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Classical Philosophy
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