Department of Classics

Ursula Coope (Oxford University): "Plotinus on the Freedom of the One"

Fri, April 14, 2017 | David L. Miller Conference Room, WAG 316

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In this paper, I discuss Plotinus's claim that the only thing that is free is his ultimate first principle (the One). Plotinus often raises doubts about whether it is possible to predicate anything at all of the One. He says that instead of attempting to describe the One, we must 'go away in silence'. I ask why he nevertheless insists that there must be some sense in which the One is free. What is the notion of freedom that lies behind this claim? And what exactly is Plotinus assuming here about the role of an ultimate first principle?

Sponsored by: The Joint Program in Ancient Philosophy and the Fund for Academic Enrichment

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