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Plotinus, «Tolma», and the Descent of Being

An Exposition and Analysis

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This work deals with the metaphysical scheme of Plotinus (204-270 A.D.), examining those aspects of his philosophical outlook reflecting a negative attitude toward the emergence of being. The study focuses specifically upon his use of the substantive tolma, its verbal and adjectival forms, and related terminology designating the will toward separate existence which is instrumental in the emanation of being from the One. But because the tolma connotes an illegitimate desire for «otherness» and autonomy, it also provides an interesting referent which enables us to trace pessimistic and dualistic strains running through the Enneads.


Titel: Plotinus, «Tolma», and the Descent of Being
Autoren/Herausgeber: N. Joseph Torchia
Aus der Reihe: American University Studies
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9780820417684

Seitenzahl: 170
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 420 g
Sprache: Englisch

The Author: N. Joseph Torchia, a native of Philadelphia, received his B.A. in Philosophy from St. John's University. Following a period of graduate research at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he received his M.A. (from Villanova University) and Ph.D. (from Fordham University) in Philosophy. He has taught at Fordham (as a Graduate Teaching Fellow) and a Mount Saint Mary's College (as a faculty member). He is currently engaged in postdoctoral work in Early Christian Studies at The Catholic University of America on an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. Dr. Torchia has presented papers at scholarly gatherings in the United States, Great Britain, and Italy. His writings have appeared in Augustinus, Augustinian Studies, Collectanea Augustiniana (Volumes I and II), The Modern Schoolman, and Studia Patristica.

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