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This chapter presents concluding remarks for this book, which sets out to investigate Plotinus' contribution to the tradition of writings on that which depends on us, τò ἐφ’ ἡμĩν. The book analyzes the development of the tradition of writings on τò ἐφ’ ἡμĩν before Plotinus, focusing on the Aristotelian, Stoic, and Middle-Platonist schools or tendencies. The aim is to establish, for each of these major tendencies, the specific features of their notions of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν, including points of continuity and of discontinuity. What Plotinus ends up defending is a notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν which states that only the activities of the virtuous agent can be ἐφ’ ἡμĩν. Thus, it is clear that in Plotinus, this notion no longer relates to the issue of what makes our practice of praise and blame well-founded, but is rather an aspect of the life of the perfectly virtuous agent.

Keywords:τò ἐφ’ ἡμĩν; Aristotelian tendencies; Middle-Platonist tendencies; Plotinus; Stoic tendencies



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