Neoplatonism


Neo·pla·to·nism

noun \ˌnē-ō-ˈplā-tə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of NEOPLATONISM

1
:  Platonism modified in later antiquity to accord with Aristotelian, post-Aristotelian, and eastern conceptions that conceives of the world as an emanation from an ultimate indivisible being with whom the soul is capable of being reunited in trance or ecstasy
2
:  a doctrine similar to ancient Neoplatonism
Neo·pla·ton·ic \-plə-ˈtä-nik, -plā-\ adjective
Neo·pla·to·nist \-ˈplā-tə-nist\ noun

First Known Use of NEOPLATONISM

1832

Neoplatonism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Form of Platonism developed by Plotinus in the 3rd century AD and modified by his successors. It came to dominate the Greek philosophical schools and remained predominant until the teaching of philosophy by pagans ended in the late 6th century. It postulated an all-sufficient unity, the One, from which emanated the Divine Mind, or logos, and below that, the World Soul. Those transcendent realities were thought to support the visible world. All things emanated from the One, and individual souls could rise to mystical union with the One through contemplation. Though Plotinus's thought in some respects resembles Gnosticism, he was passionately opposed to that doctrine.

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