Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-8kt4b Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-17T11:52:20.993Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

8 - Plotinus on Knowledge

from Part II - Metaphysics and Epistemology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 May 2022

Lloyd Gerson
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
James Wilberding
Affiliation:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Get access

Summary

Knowledge in Plotinus is a complex yet unified phenomenon. His most general term for it, gnōsis (‘cognition’), covers a broad range of phenomena from sense-perception (aisthēsis) via discursive reasoning (dianoia) to intuitive intellectual insight (noēsis).1 The general framework of his epistemology is unambiguously Platonic. Plotinus shares Plato’s conviction, prominently voiced in the Timaeus, that only unchanging intelligible Being admits of real understanding, whereas perception of sensibles only yields opinion or belief.

Type
Chapter
Information
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

Available formats
×