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Plotinus’ Angeletics: A Neoplatonic Message Theory

Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

Giannis Stamatellos

In “Plotinus’ Angeletics: A Neoplatonic Message Theory” Giannis Stamatellos, a classical scholar and computer scientist from the University of Copenhagen, examines an ancient philosophical discourse on angelos (messenger) found in the thought of Plotinus (AD 204-270) – a prominent philosopher of late antiquity, widely regarded as the founder of Neoplatonism. Understanding
Plotinus’ message theory involves inquiring into his epistemology, psychology and metaphysics. In the Enneads, Plotinus refers twice to angelos: firstly in his middle-period treatise “On Difficulties About the Soul” and secondly in his late treatise “On the Knowing ‘Hypostases’ and What is Beyond.” A third enlightening passage is found in the seventh chapter of his early treatise “On the Good or the One.” In these passages, Plotinus uses angelos in relation to: (1) sense-perception and the outer activity of the soul towards the perceptible world and (2) contemplation and the inner activity of the soul towards the One. The first case is discussed in Enneads IV.4.19 and V.3.3, the second in Ennead VI.9.9: Within this framework, the aim of the chapter is twofold: firstly, to present Plotinus’ concept of angelos in the Enneads and, secondly, to support the position that Plotinus’ message theory should be conceived as an early forerunner of angeletics – in which angelos plays a central role. [abstract retrieved from pages 17-18]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMessages and Messengers : Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication
EditorsRafael Capurro, John Holgate
Number of pages10
VolumeBand 5
Place of PublicationMunich
PublisherWilhelm Fink Verlag
Publication date2011
Pages125-134
ISBN (print)978-3-7705-5047-0
StatePublished - 2011

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