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This is the concluding chapter of the book, which provides some insight into both the role of the detailed exegeses of Plato's texts of Proclus in his formulation of a characteristically Neoplatonic defense of monism and the ways in which this defense was influenced by the exegeses of Platonists before him. According to Proclus, the failure of the dualist doctrines of evil and of Plotinus' as well is that their selective reading of Plato has exposed them in self-contradiction. In the context of the corporeal world, Plato locates evil's privation in a pre-cosmic disorder, and it is here that we begin to see where monistic Platonists are confronted with their own problems of interpretation. The differing analyses of the relationship between the irrational nature and the higher soul of the All provides a better understanding as well of other exegetical problems encountered by all Platonists in addressing Plato's texts.

Keywords: monism; Plato's texts; Plotinus; Proclus



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