Plotinus and The One
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now finished
What is the course about?
Neo-Platonism arose primarily from the work of Plotinus (204 – 270 AD) as an attempt to extend Plato’s philosophy. We will outline the basic ideas of Plotinus and Neo-Platonism and assess their ongoing significance. Might Neo-Platonism be regarded as the other great religious tradition of the West in distinction to Christianity?
What will we cover?
Plotinus’ philosophy will be outlined in general and examined more closely through selected portions of his work ‘The Enneads.’ The influence, development and ongoing significance of Neo-Platonism as a way of understanding the world will also be explored and discussed including a brief account of the history of Neo-Platonism.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Outline some of the key ideas of Neo-Platonism such as ‘emanation’ and the ‘one.’.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory. Interest in philosophy, and Greek philosophy, in particular, assumed but no particular level required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Seminar format with slides presentations incl. Q&A and discussion. Course materials available online via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please visit City Lit's website for full information about courses coming up in September 2022.
From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.
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