Andrew Smith has been Professor of Classics in University College Dublin since 1992.The ideas of the Neoplatonists affected approaches to Plato as late as the 19th century & had a considerable influence on Christian thought. Andrew Smith explores the thinking of the Neoplatonist philosophers of late antiquity & also the milleu in which they worked.
One of the most significant cultural achievements of Late Antiquity lies in the domains of philosophy and religion, more particularly in the establishment and development of Neoplatonism as one of the chief vehicles of thought and subsequent channel for the transmission of ancient philosophy to the medieval and renaissance worlds. Important, too, is the emergence of a distinctive Christian philosophy and theology based on a foundation of Greek pagan thought. This book provides an introduction to the main ideas of Neoplatonism and some of the ways in which they influenced Christian thinkers.Philosophy in Late Antiquity provides an essential new introduction to the key ideas of the Neoplatonists, which affected approaches to Plato as late as the nineteenth century.
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