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Author Mazur, Zeke, author
Title Platonizing Sethian Gnostic background of Plotinus' mysticism
The Platonizing Sethian background of Plotinus's mysticism / by Alexander J. Mazur ; revised edition by Dylan M. Burns, with Kevin Corrigan, Ivan Miroshnikov, Tuomas Rasimus, and John D. Turner
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2021]
book jacket
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Edition Revised edition
Descript xvii, 337 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies, 0929-2470 ; volume 98
Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies ; volume 98
Note Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Chicago, 2010, titled The Platonizing Sethian Gnostic background of Plotinus' mysticism
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-337)
Introduction: The gnostic background of Plotinus's mysticism -- The structure of Plotinus' ascent to mystical union with the One -- The identity of prenoetic and hypernoetic subjects in Plotinus -- "The way of ascent is the way of descent": the mechanism of transcendental apprehension in Platonizing Sethian Gnosticism -- Conclusion: Dissolving boundaries
"In The Platonizing Sethian Background of Plotinus's Mysticism, Zeke Mazur offers a radical reconceptualization of Plotinus with reference to Gnostic thought and praxis. A crucial element in the thought of the third-century CE philosopher Plotinus-his conception of mystical union with the One-cannot be understood solely within the conventional history of philosophy, or as the product of a unique, sui generis psychological propensity. This monograph demonstrates that Plotinus tacitly patterned his mystical ascent to the One on a type of visionary ascent ritual that is first attested in Gnostic sources. These sources include the Platonizing Sethian tractates Zostrianos (NHC VIII,1) and Allogenes (NHC XI,3) of which we have Coptic translations from Nag Hammadi and whose Greek Vorlagen were known to have been read in Plotinus's school"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Mazur, Zeke. Platonizing Sethian Gnostic background of Plotinus' mysticism Platonizing Sethian background of Plotinus's mysticism. Rev. ed. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2021] 9789004441712 (DLC) 2020037596
Subject Plotinus
One (The One in philosophy)
Alt Author Burns, Dylan M., editor
Corrigan, Kevin, editor
Miroshnikov, Ivan, 1986- editor
Rasimus, Tuomas, editor
Turner, John Douglas, editor
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