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The Spiritual Circuit

A. C. Lloyd

in The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780198238065
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238061.003.0005
 The Spiritual Circuit

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Investigates how, given their ontological status between the One and animals, men can either ascend to the intellectual life or fall into the inferior kinds of life. Different issues involved in the doctrine of the rise to the intellectual life are considered. Firstly, the restriction to men of the possibility of an intellectual life is explained through the reference to Neoplatonists’ own personal experiences. Secondly, the experience of the ascent is defined by the term ‘inclination’ rather than the too broad ‘reversion’ used by most of the scholars. The former term, indeed, seems to fit better in the case of men. Finally, the experience of inclination is explained in terms of logical necessity.

Keywords: inclination; intellectual life; One; personal experience; reversion; soul

Chapter.  6926 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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