Plotinus and Epicurus: Matter, Perception, Pleasure, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 236pp., £64.99 (US$ 99.99), ISBN 9781107124219.As Peter Adamson recently noted,1 there has been a great vitality in Neoplatonic scholarship in the last ten years. One of the sources of this vitality is the increasing focus on a wider range of influences upon Plotinus, beyond Plato and Aristotle, to encompass the Presocratics and the Gnostics. This volume, edited by Angela Longo and Daniela Taormina, explores Epicurean influences on Plotinus. Longo and Taormina are motivated in part by the relatively few publications on this topic. The contributions assembled in this volume demonstrate that there is much to be gained by exploring the relationship between such drastically opposed views.In the introduction, Longo and Taormina explain the two aims of the project: first, to understand Plotinus’ thought better; second, to identify the thinkers with whom Plotinus engages. The latter problem is particularly difficult when dealing with Plotinus, who rarely mentions his opponents by name. This is especially true concerning Epicurus, whose name is mentioned but once in the corpus. All but one of the essays in this collection therefore focus on passages which their authors believe to contain anti-Epicurean arguments or to allude
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
Published: Apr 20, 2018
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