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Plotinus and Aristotle: Critical Engagement

Chairs: Gary Gurtler S.J.( and Suzanne Stern-Gillet (

This panel seeks to investigate Plotinus’ engagement with Aristotle, covering areas of agreement and points of conflict.  Logic (especially the categories), metaphysics (primary and secondary activity), and epistemology (sensation and imagination) provide topics of convergence, but not without difficulties from both sides.  The soul as entelechy, the conflict between civic and purificatory virtues, the nature of eudaimonia, by contrast, present neuralgic points, especially for Plotinus.  Papers will be welcome in these and other areas where the thought of Aristotle and Plotinus engage one another.