Neoplatonism and Contemporary Thought

Part Two

Edited by R. Baine Harris

Subjects: Aesthetics
Series: Studies in Neoplatonism: Ancient and Modern, Volume 11
Paperback : 9780791452769, 425 pages, November 2001
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R. Baine Harris


III. Neoplatonism and Contemporary Social Theory

Hierarchies, Cultural Institutions and the Problem of Democracy: A Neoplatonic Critique
John Anton, University of South Florida

Porphyry's Concept of Ablabeia and the Issue of Animal Rights
Michael Hornum, Columbia, Maryland

Plotinian Roots of Ecology, Post-Normal Science and Environmental Ethics
Laura Westra, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

Commonality and Difference Between Neoplatonism and Deep Ecology
David R. Lea, University of Papua New Guina

Neoplatonism in Transpersonal Psychology: The Thought of Ken Wilbur
Daniel Kealey, Towson University

Platonopolis Revisited
Robert Meredith Helms, Wake Forest University

Deconstructionism and Neoplatonism: Jacques Derrida and Dionysius the Areopagite
Leo Sweeney, S.J., Loyola University of Chicago

Signifying Nothing: Being as Sign in Neoplatonism and Derrida
Eric D. Perl, The Catholic University of America

Can Neoplatonism be Harmonized with Postmodernity?
John Mayer, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario

IV. Neoplatonism and Contemporary Aesthetics

Alexej Losev: A Neoplatonic View of the Dialectic of Absence and Presence in the Nature of Artistic Form
Oleg Bychkov, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York

Aesthetics as a Philosophic Ethos: Plotinus and Foucault
Robert Berchman, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York

Plotinus on the Origin and Place of Beauty in Thought About the World
A.H. Armstrong, Dalhousie University and the University of Liverpool

Does Modern Art Reflect Plotinus' Notion of Beauty?
Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Barry University, Miami, Florida

Neoplatonism: Unity and Plurality in the Arts
L.E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University

The Epiphanie of Traces in Art: Post-Neoplatonic Visualizations of the Invisible
Alicia Kuczynska, University of Warsaw

Some Remarks About the Difficulties of Realizing Neoplatonic Thought in Contemporary Philosophy and Art
Werner Beierwaltes, University of Munich

V. Neoplatonism and Contemporary Spirituality

Neoplatonism and Western Christian Man
John N. Findlay, Boston University

Does Neoplatonism Have Anything to Say to Post-Modern Spirituality
Paulos Mar Gregorios, Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Delhi

Neoplatonism and Contemporary Theories of Mysticism
Parvis Morewedge, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

Neoplatonism and Contemporary Slavic Spirituality: Survival and Revival of the Fittest In the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras
Roman T. Ciapolo, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

Neoplatonism in Contemporary Christian Spirituality
Robert Cummings Neville, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

No-Thing or Nothing: Mysticism and Neoplatonism in Neville's Conception of God
Charles G. Woods, The Union Institute, Cincinatti, Ohio

Contributors to Part Two

Leading scholars relate Neoplatonism to contemporary social theory, aesthetics, and spirituality.


Significant twentieth-century thinkers offer views of Neoplatonism as having relevance to contemporary life and thought. Specifically discussed is how Neoplatonism relates to contemporary social theory, contemporary aesthetics, and contemporary spirituality, including discussions on ecology, environmental ethics, animal rights, transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and the philosophy of Derrida and Foucault.

Contributors include Aphrodite Alexandrakis, John Anton, A. H. Armstrong, Werner Beierwaltes, Robert Berchman, Oleg Bychkov, Roman T. Ciapalo, John N. Findlay, L. E. Goodman, Paulos Mar Gregorios, R. Baine Harris, Robert Meredith Helms, Michael Hornum, Daniel Kealey, Alicia Kuczynska, David R. Lea, John Mayer, Parvis Morewedge, Robert Cummings Neville, Eric D. Perl, Leo Sweeney, S.J., Laura Westra, and Charles G. Woods.

R. Baine Harris is Eminent Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Old Dominion University. He is the editor of Authority: A Philosophical Analysis, and The Structure of Being: A Neoplatonic Approach and Neoplatonism and Indian Thought, both published by SUNY Press.