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Neoplatonic Pedagogy and the Alcibiades I

Crafting the Contemplative

«'An inspiring and rich analysis of Plato's pedagogical mission, where education is less about providing useful knowledge and more about a conversion of the soul, Ambury's book keenly shows how Platonism begins with love and what Ambury calls 'a vision of the real' that intends to ignite, in prospective students, a passion for the philosophical way of life.' Danielle Layne, Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University»

Many philosophers in the ancient world shared a unitary vision of philosophy – meaning 'love of wisdom' – not just as a theoretical discipline, but as a way of life. Specifically, for the late Neoplatonic thinkers, philosophy began with self-knowledge, which led to a person's inner conversion or transformation into a lover, a human being erotically striving toward the totality of the real. Les mer

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Many philosophers in the ancient world shared a unitary vision of philosophy – meaning 'love of wisdom' – not just as a theoretical discipline, but as a way of life. Specifically, for the late Neoplatonic thinkers, philosophy began with self-knowledge, which led to a person's inner conversion or transformation into a lover, a human being erotically striving toward the totality of the real. This metamorphosis amounted to a complete existential conversion. It was initiated by learned guides who cultivated higher and higher levels of virtue in their students, leading, in the end, to their vision of the Good, or the One. In this book, James M. Ambury closely analyses two central texts in this tradition: the commentaries by Proclus (412–485 AD) and Olympiodorus (495–560 AD) on the Platonic Alcibiades I. Ambury's powerful study illuminates the way philosophy was conceived during a crucial period of its history, in the lecture halls of late antiquity.

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Forlag
Cambridge University Press
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Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781009100212
Utgivelsesår
2024

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James M. Ambury is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous articles on the Platonic tradition, and the co-editor (with Andy German) of Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy (Cambridge 2019).

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«'An inspiring and rich analysis of Plato's pedagogical mission, where education is less about providing useful knowledge and more about a conversion of the soul, Ambury's book keenly shows how Platonism begins with love and what Ambury calls 'a vision of the real' that intends to ignite, in prospective students, a passion for the philosophical way of life.' Danielle Layne, Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University»

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