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TITLE Plotinus - Main Themes

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Plotinus, sometimes described as the last great pagan philosopher, was the founder of Neoplatonism, the dominant philosophical movement of the Graeco-Roman world in late antiquity. Themes from his philosophy will include: The One and the hierarchy of principles, the Intellect, Soul and the sensible world, Causation and critique of Aristotle, Human beings etc.

Reading List

- Plotinus (1966-88) Enneads, trans. A.H. Armstrong, Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press and London: Heinemann.
- Armstrong, A.H. (1940) The Architecture of the Intelligible Universe in the Philosophy of Plotinus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Gerson, L.P. (1996) Plotinus, London: Routledge.
- O’Meara, D.J. Plotinus: An Introduction to the Enneads, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Schroeder, F.M. (1992) Form and Transformation: A study in the Philosophy of Plotinus, Montreal:McGill University Press.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 40%
Project Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Michael Zammit

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