By Daniele Iozzia
When aesthetics as a self-discipline didn't exist prior to the trendy age, historic philosophers provide many insights approximately attractiveness and artwork. In overdue Antiquity Plotinus faced the matter of attractiveness and the worth of the humanities. Plotinus reflections have a massive function within the improvement of the concept that of the price of creative mind's eye through the Renaissance and the Romantic period, yet he additionally stimulated the inventive flavor of his time. Aesthetic subject matters in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism reconstructs the classy philosophical perspectives of overdue Antiquity, and their relation to creative construction of the time. by means of reading the resonance of Plotinus concept with modern artists and with Christian thinkers, together with Gregory of Nyssa, the ebook demonstrates the significance of Plotinus treatise On attractiveness for the improvement of past due old aesthetics. The Cappadocian fathers curiosity in Plotinus is explored, in addition to the ensuing legacy of the pagan thinkers philosophy inside of Christian proposal, reminiscent of the idea that of attractiveness and the narration of the contemplative adventure. Uniquely utilizing philological and philosophical perception, in addition to exploring either pagan and Christian philosophy, Aesthetic topics in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism represents the 1st accomplished synthesis of aesthetic considered overdue Antiquity.
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14 The Neoplatonists interpreted the ﬁrst hypothesis of the Parmenides, which is negative, as the theory of the One as the First Principle. Given this perspective that breaks with the previous tradition, other aspects of Neoplatonism can be understood in their new value, in particular those relating to the conduct of man and his union with the divine (as popularized by Porphyry’s Sententiae), which had some inﬂuence on Christian authors. The Christian thinkers, including Gregory of Nyssa, did not renounce the classical ontology, because to do so would be to oppose the wording of the Bible (especially the divine self-revelation of Ex.
The problem arises with regard to the fallen angels: is there beauty or ugliness in them? 52 In this case Philosophy and Culture of Gregory of Nyssa 37 it must be assumed that there is an ugliness as correspondent to the departure from the good. The possibility of ugliness therefore exists, and it can be found in the fallen angels and in human souls when they obfuscate their likeness to God. It is therefore in the ethical level that the risk of ugliness lies, as a departure from original beauty.
Moreover, as it is well known, the theory of the principles developed by Plotinus also inﬂuenced, although perhaps only at the semantic level, the elaboration of the doctrine of the Trinity. In order to better understand how Gregory adopted, within his system, certain elements of Neoplatonic thought, it can also be helpful to give an overview of his philosophical background and to determine which authors and texts, in particular Neoplatonic, he actually knew. 21 One of the most controversial facts of his biography is his marriage,22 which is not without consequences with regard to his education, since it is certain that, after having held the oﬃce of reader of the church, he devoted himself to the rhetorical profession, like his father Basil the Elder.
Aesthetic Themes in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism: From Plotinus to Gregory of Nyssa by Daniele Iozzia