The Notion of Person in Antiquity

Lucian Turcescu

in Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195174250
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835478 | DOI:

Series: AAR Academy Series

 The Notion of Person in Antiquity

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This chapter considers whether or not a concept of person existed in antiquity. It demonstrates that for various reasons the ancients did not identify, nor were they interested in elaborating on, the human individual. Although Plotinus came closest to recognizing a distinctive human individuality, he actually did not achieve this. Another step forward was made by Plotinus’s best-known disciple, Porphyry, who gave a definition of an individual as a unique collection of properties.

Keywords: person; antiquity; Plotinus; individual; Porphyry; collection of properties

Chapter.  7955 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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