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Book chapter

The Dialectic of the Other: Political Philosophy and Practice in the Late Neoplatonist Communities

P. 183-192.

The paper is devoted to investigation of the series of extremely interesting cases observed in the life and in the textual practice of the last Neoplatonist communities of the 3rd – 6th centuries can be interpreted by an intent researcher as the set of modes by which the intellectual tradition of Antiquity and, more important, the Hellenistic intellectuals themselves survived in the environment which increasingly became more and more alien to them. Being observed from a specific, “inner-Platonic” point of view, these modes can be described as the kinds of projection of the Platonic dialectic of “the one” and “the other” (presented in Plato’s dialogue Parmenides) on social and political plans of reality. Irrespective of the specifically Platonic approach, these modes can be observed in the general perspective of the crisis suffered by the traditional Hellenistic types of communities and the Hellenistic intellectual communities particularly.

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The Dialectic of the Other: Political Philosophy and Practice in the Late Neoplatonist Communities
Gushchin V., Rhodes P. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2015.