“This is a more general book on Neoplatonism, going beyond the writings of Plotinus. It’s very hard to write a good general introduction, because a lot of the writings are quite abstruse. Remes’s book does a really good job of bringing out what’s philosophically interesting about the Neoplatonists. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme. In each case, Remes starts off with Plotinus on the topic, and then goes on to discuss later Neoplatonist reactions to, and disagreements with, Plotinus…Remes is very good at bringing out why the Neoplatonists have interesting things to say to us today, and why modern philosophers should pay attention to them. One consequence of this is that, compared to some other writings on the Neoplatonists, Remes downplays aspects of Neoplatonist thought that seem especially weird to us nowadays, in particular some of the religious and ritualistic aspects. But this book provides a wonderful introduction to the Neoplatonists for anyone who has general philosophical interests and wants to explore their thought.” Read more...
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