The Notion of That Which Depends on Us in Plotinus and Its by Erik Eliasson

By Erik Eliasson

The ebook analyses Plotinus' proposal of 'that which depends upon us', which even supposing crucial to his ethics, hasn't ever been tested in a selected research ahead of. The e-book lines the assets of this idea in Aristotle and its reception in Stoicism, center Platonism and Early Aristotelian Commentators. It then exhibits how Plotinus' severe dialogue of the inherent difficulties in prior money owed and his research of the notion's software to the mind and the only, results in a hugely unique interpretation of the idea as relevant to his account of human corporation. The publication demonstrates Plotinus' severe engagement with the imperative problems with old ethics, and his unique manner of tackling them.

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1967, 137). Rist 1974a equally stresses the absence of analysis of choice in Plotinus. Atkinson 1983 talks generally in terms of Plotinus’ view of ‘Free-Will’, as it appears primarily in relation to the terms α τεξο σιος and κο σιος. Cf. Atkinson 1983, 5–6; 7; 9; 12; 58. ’ 41 Cf. Gerson 1994, 155 f. & 162. 2008021. (Brill: 19872) Eliasson. 02_chapter2. Proef 3. 34, page 35. plotinus: preliminary remarks 35 downplay the Stoic influences in Plotinus’ account,42 and to underline the Aristotelian background (although he does not mention Alexander of Aphrodisias).

38 chapter two This statement then, rightly, I take it, points out that the quality of our actions does depend on us, even though these actions as such may be originated by events which do not depend on us. , “power of choice”. 49 The remark implies that Graeser takes there to be two different notions of φ’ μ ν in Plotinus, namely one with respect to what he calls ‘man’s non-empirical self ’, which may be rendered by ‘self-determination’, and one with reference to ‘man’s empirical self ’, which may be rendered by ‘what is in man’s power in the sense that it depends entirely upon him qua subject of choice’.

Desires satisfying the condition, are φ’ μ ν, in the sense of depending equally on all of us, wise men as well as other types of agents. On the other hand, it is not clear that Plotinus would acknowledge that any other type of agents than the wise would actually be capable of such refined desires. An obvious question to raise in relation to this statement is moreover what Plotinus here takes to be the relation between the two notions voluntary ( κο σιος) and depending on us ( φ’ μ ν). In ch. e.

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