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Proclus and Iamblichus on Moral Education

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AbstractThis paper studies moral education in Proclus and Iamblichus. The first section analyses Proclus’ theory of moral education and its psychological underpinnings. Especially important in this context is the identification of the faculty of choice (prohairesis) with the passive or teachable intellect. The second section investigates the implementation of this theory into practice with the help of Iamblichus’ Letter to Sopater: On Bringing up Children. The final section demonstrates how Proclus’ famous tripartite division of poetry should be understood in the context of his program of moral education.

Affiliations: 1: Griekse en Latijnse taal en cultuur, Universiteit Leiden, Johan HuizingagebouwDoelensteeg 16, 2311 VL LeidenThe


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