The Notion of That Which Depends on Us in Plotinus and Its by Erik Eliasson

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162. 2008021. (Brill: 19872) Eliasson. 02_chapter2. Proef 3. 34, page 35. plotinus: preliminary remarks 35 downplay the Stoic influences in Plotinus’ account,42 and to underline the Aristotelian background (although he does not mention Alexander of Aphrodisias). 8, pointing out the references to Aristotle’s EN, and tries to spell out Plotinus’ view in terms of Aristotle’s. 11–13). e. given that virtuous deeds can be, and typically are carried out in a desire for the true good, and would then be voluntary in the relevant ‘particular way’, and from Gerson’s interpretation ‘in our power’, would have been easily resolved, it appears, had the emphasis been less exclusively on the Aristotelian references and more on the Stoics.

The self-determination interpretation Graeser (1972) focuses on the stoicizing elements in Plotinus account of what he calls ‘Man’s free will’. 1. g. g. Epictetus. Thus, he makes no distinction between the early Stoic issue of reconciling a common notion of τ φ’ μ ν with the Stoic theory of ε μαρμ νη (fate), and the the early and later Stoic issue of λευ ερ α as an attribute describing the Stoic wise. The result of this is frequent and yet unclear references to things being ‘free’ and to notions of ‘liberty’.

Sorabji 2000. Also, on the ‘who discovered the will’ theme, cf. Bobzien 1998b; Solignac 1994; Irwin 1992; Sedley, D. A. 1954; Prado 1974; Gilbert 1963. 2008021. (Brill: 19872) Eliasson. 01_chapter1. Proef 3. 34, page 20. 20 chapter one point of his own investigation. Moreover, the aim is to make it possible to discern the most distinguishing features of Plotinus’ notion of φ’ μ ν. Whether some specific author is refered to or influenced Plotinus’ notion in some specific place is thus taken as a separate issue, on which I will only comment in passing.

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