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Short Study on Deleuze, Hadewijch, and Immanence

Head on over to The De-Scribe, and check out David Dreidger’s recent set of posts examining the development of philosophies of immanence, and the use of immanence as a hermeneutic for a compelling reading of the Medieval mystic, Hadewijch, and her conception of love.

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The Philosophy of Plotinus: on Contemplation

But how are you to see into a virtuous Soul and know its loveliness? Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. 3,250 more words


The Philosophy of Plotinus: Part Six

Movement and rest in ‘thought’, the most intense activity and stillness in unity

Plotinus called the grasp by Intellect of the immaterial object – their  immediate identity and unity – ‘intuitive thought’. 1,559 more words


My Comment on 'Nicholas of Cusa and the Instruction of Ignorance'

From ABC Radio National 12.04.14

Your treatment of Cusanus from the perspective of bourgeois ideology – interspersed with nineteen product placements, appropriately detailed for those keen to make a purchase – was very interesting. 266 more words


The Simpler Version of My Research...

‘Plotinus was a helluva card player’. Basically in a nutshell, this is kinda what I’m doing…

General Ruminations

Plotinus and Proclus on Self-Constitution (αὐθυπόστατον) in the One: Some Preliminary Considerations

This piece is an early outline of my current master’s dissertation project for the next four months, put together a few weeks ago. I have made some adjustments on the general idea since, although felt it would be worthwhile to reproduce here and get certain others’ thoughts and comments. 2,085 more words


The Man of Reason: Part Five

Descartes’ method is based firmly on the development of Platonism and Neoplatonism.  Although he did not use the divided soul model of Plato’s later work, Lloyd notes his antithesis between ‘mind’ and matter, his isomorphism between reason, reality and God, his positioning of intellect in opposition to the emotions and down-grading of the senses, and that towards attaining ‘clear and distinct ideas’, ‘shedding the non-intellectual from our mental states is something that demands training’.30… 1,058 more words