Augustine and Plotinus on the Matter of the Corporeal World

This paper focuses on the question of Plotinus' influence on Augustine's conception of the matter of the corporeal world, in order to highlight not only the undeniable tangency points, but also the relevant theoretical differences between the two thinkers. The following topics will be cove...

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Published in:Augustiniana
Main Author: Moro, Enrico 1986-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2018]
In:Augustiniana
Year: 2018, Volume: 68, Issue: 1, Pages: 7-24
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Augustinus, Aurelius, Saint 354-430 / Plotinus 205-270 / Matter
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Summary:This paper focuses on the question of Plotinus' influence on Augustine's conception of the matter of the corporeal world, in order to highlight not only the undeniable tangency points, but also the relevant theoretical differences between the two thinkers. The following topics will be covered: (1) the relationship between the concept of matter and the notions of form, privation, mass, and non-being; (2) the epistemological and ontological status of formless matter; and (3) its ethical and metaphysical implications.
ISSN:2295-6093
Contains:Enthalten in: Augustiniana
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2143/AUG.68.1.3285182