6171RES: [neoplatonism] mystical union in Plotinus?
- Jan 14, 2014
I would go with the conventional view: union with intellect already is a “mystic” union, which is possible to the philosopher and which is the first union in the way to the union with or grasping of the one, which is not guaranteed by the union with intellect and which, when it happens, is actually a union of soul AND intellect with the one.
By memory, I would refer to V.5.8 and VI.7.34 to support this.
But I suspect that this is a tricky question and that Michael will come out something much more interesting.
Peter Cheyne has allowed me to reproduce a (still draft-form) paragraph
from his interesting thesis, and I'd like to get the List's feedback on
Plotinus, like Plato, sometimes has things to say about different stages
> of epistemological progress, so he describes objects in sense, opinion,It seems to me that this raises the question of the nature of the mystical
> and conceptual understanding as Here, whereas noesis contemplates
> intelligible reality There. It also seems to me that when one is in the
> noetic state of contemplating intelligible reality, one is There:
> returned returned
>> or returning to a metastasis (Intellect) transcendent to the one of
> mundane sensibles.
experience in Plotinus (assuming there is such a thing). Does the
successful philosopher's union take place with the One, with the
Intellect, with some other principle, or not at all?
CNRS UPR 76
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