By Erik Eliasson
The publication analyses Plotinus' concept of 'that which relies on us', which even though significant to his ethics, hasn't ever been tested in a particular learn earlier than. The ebook lines the resources of this idea in Aristotle and its reception in Stoicism, center Platonism and Early Aristotelian Commentators. It then indicates how Plotinus' severe dialogue of the inherent difficulties in past bills and his research of the notion's software to the mind and the only, ends up in a hugely unique interpretation of the proposal as critical to his account of human organisation. The ebook demonstrates Plotinus' severe engagement with the valuable problems with historic ethics, and his unique means of tackling them.
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He first talks of Plotinus’ ‘lexicon of freedom, mostly inherited from Aristotle and the Stoics (ekousion, eph’ hêmin, boulêsis, autexousion),’ (1996, 300) and of ‘the conventional lexicon of free will’ (1996, 302), which would seem to indicate an approach more sensitive to the nuances of these notions in Plotinus. Leroux, however, dismisses such an approach: ‘we must abandon the attempt to find a doctrine of freedom in Plotinus’ thought that is expressed in the conventional lexicon of free will, yet, on the other hand, we can find that doctrine in his rich and consistent reflection on the power and sovereignty of the soul’ (1996, 302).
83 Some might tend to think that the focus on this notion specifically is too narrow. However, as I said above, the eﬀort of keeping this notion distinct, as far as is reasonable, from the related though diﬀerent notions it is sometimes associated with or even blurred with, is an important step towards understanding each one of these notions as such, including the diﬀerent ways of understanding them in diﬀerent authors and philosophical schools. g. to be able to decide when he is speaking in propria persona, when he is simply quoting or paraphrasing others, or when there is actually development in his own understanding of the notion.
Leroux 1990, 224; 233; 237; 240; 248; 253; 276; 288. Leroux 1990, 225. 2008021. (Brill: 19872) Eliasson. 02_chapter2. Proef 3. 34, page 39. plotinus: preliminary remarks 39 l’origine, la causalité et la dépendance qui en résulte (1, 4). Quand cependant l’énoncé de la question se conceptualise dans un terme, τ π’ α τ (1, 6), c’est la signification de la puissance qui se trouve renforcée. Ce terme peut certes être traduit par une périphrase lourde, ‘le fait pour toutes choses d’être à partir de Lui’, ce que nous avons fait par souci de transparence à la ligne 6.