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Neoplatonism I: Antiquity

Neoplatonism was a philosophical school based on Platonic doctrines whose founder, Plotinus (205-270 C.E.), claimed only to be an exegete of the teachings of Plato (Enn. V.1.8.10-14) and, before him, of the “ancients”, including the Pythagoreans. In the more than seven centuries after Plato, however, several philosophical schools – the Stoics and Aristotelians especially – had attained a powerful infl…

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Shaw, Gregory and Leijenhorst, Cees, “Neoplatonism”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_253>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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