Reactions to the Stoic Notion of a Free Will: Plotinus

Michael Frede

in A Free Will

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268487
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948372 | DOI:
Reactions to the Stoic Notion of a Free Will: Plotinus

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This chapter presents the text of Michael Frede's speech on ancient philosopher Plotinus' reactions to the Stoic notion of a free will. It explains that Plotinus has proposed that the whole of reality originates in an absolutely free and unconditioned act of divine will and that the free will of embodied human beings has to be understood as a faint image of this divine will. It discusses the Greek philosophical and Judaeo-Christian conceptions of God and comments on Plotinus' conception of God based on his treatise “On Voluntariness and the Will of the One”.

Keywords: Plotinus; free will; Stoic; divine will; Judaeo-Christian; God; Michael Frede

Chapter.  9680 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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