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The Anatomy of Neoplatonism$
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A. C. Lloyd

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238065

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238061.001.0001

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The Limits of Knowledge

The Limits of Knowledge

(p.140) 6 The Limits of Knowledge
The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

A. C. Lloyd

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The purpose of Ch. 6 is to outline the role played by the P‐series theory in Neoplatonic epistemology. To start with, it is explained that knowledge of a P‐series consists in an order of priority and posteriority of the terms: intellect, scientific knowledge, belief, presentation, and perception. In second place, some peculiar Neoplatonic epistemological issues, e.g. how can the divine possibly know temporal truths, are carefully examined. To conclude, some particular Neoplatonic rules, which allow higher entities to have knowledge of lower ones, are investigated.

Keywords:   belief, intellect, knowledge, particulars, perception, presentation, P‐series, scientific knowledge, temporal truths

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