The Devil in the Details

The Devil in the Details Eric D. Perl, Thinking Being. Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition . Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition, volume 17. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014. Pp. 216. isbn 978-90-0426420-5. €109,00 ($141.00). Eric Perl (hereafter ep ) offers us a lucid philosophical exposition of five exponents of what he labels “classical tradition”: Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Thomas Aquinas. Although the inclusion of Aquinas in the classical tradition may at first seem surprising, ep proves satisfactorily enough that he belongs to the same lineage as the other four. The fundamental insight of this lineage, that is, classical metaphysics, is the togetherness of thought and being, the indissoluble and necessary tie that links reality and intelligibility, namely “the law that to be is to be intelligible” (p. 7), first formulated by Parmenides, and reinterpreted by Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Aquinas. The ambitious aim of the work is to contribute to a “‘paradigm shift’ in the study of the classical tradition” by providing “revisionist readings” (p. 5) of the selected philosophers and highlighting the continuity of such tradition. “Revisionist” here means a reading that does not follow superficial and stereotyped expositions of the philosophers in question. Examples of such http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the Platonic Tradition Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Critical Notice
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1872-5082
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Eric D. Perl, Thinking Being. Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition . Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition, volume 17. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014. Pp. 216. isbn 978-90-0426420-5. €109,00 ($141.00). Eric Perl (hereafter ep ) offers us a lucid philosophical exposition of five exponents of what he labels “classical tradition”: Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Thomas Aquinas. Although the inclusion of Aquinas in the classical tradition may at first seem surprising, ep proves satisfactorily enough that he belongs to the same lineage as the other four. The fundamental insight of this lineage, that is, classical metaphysics, is the togetherness of thought and being, the indissoluble and necessary tie that links reality and intelligibility, namely “the law that to be is to be intelligible” (p. 7), first formulated by Parmenides, and reinterpreted by Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Aquinas. The ambitious aim of the work is to contribute to a “‘paradigm shift’ in the study of the classical tradition” by providing “revisionist readings” (p. 5) of the selected philosophers and highlighting the continuity of such tradition. “Revisionist” here means a reading that does not follow superficial and stereotyped expositions of the philosophers in question. Examples of such

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Published: Oct 25, 2016

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