• Neoplatonism and the Hegelianism of James Doull

    Author(s):
    D. Gregory MacIsaac (see profile)
    Date:
    2005
    Group(s):
    Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Hegel, Neoplatonism, Proclus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/08j0-sm18
    Abstract:
    In this study I will show how Neoplatonism is not properly understood as a moment within the Hegelian dialectic. The Hegelian analysis obscures both the true character of the Neoplatonic One, and the Neoplatonic account of the relation between thought and its object, because it treats these positions as deficient versions of itself. We must remember that the Neoplatonists had before them the long tradition of Aristotelianism and Middle Platonism, in which the first principle was a self-consciousness. They did not elevate the One beyond Nous simply because of the precedence of Plato's Parmenides; rather they interpreted that text from what they considered to be philosophical necessity. They thought that it was philosophically superior to conceive of the First as One rather than Nous/Being. And just as in Hegel, I think, the decision of this school as a whole to write of the First in this manner has its origin in their analysis of human consciousness.
    Notes:
    Published in Animus 10
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