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Divine Freedom In Plotinus And Iamblichus (Tractate VI 8 (39) 7, 11–15 And De Mysteriis III, 17–20)

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Plotinus? tractate VI 8 (39), On the freedom and the will of the One, is one of the richest and at the same time one of the most puzzling that the philosopher has left to us. Puzzling because the origins of the thesis against which Plotinus is arguing remain unknown to us to this day. Now, it turns out that Plotinus, attributes to the One some particular characteristics that are next found in another work every bit as puzzling, Iamblichus? De mysteriis?a fact that has not so far been noticed in any study known to the author. This chapter draws attention to the way in which Iamblichus, possibly echoing Plotinus, represents the divine in this work, and next to see how far the line of argument he develops might in its turn help to establish more accurately the philosophical context of the propositions advanced by Plotinus in tractate 39.

Keywords: De mysteriis III; divine freedom; Iamblichus; Plotinus; Tractate VI 8 (39)



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