Plotinus on Body and Beauty
Plotinus on Body and Beauty   -     By: Margaret R. Miles
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0631212752
ISBN-13: 9780631212751

Publisher's Description

Miles brings Plotinus' thought alive for the twenty-first century by relating it to present day concerns.

Author Bio

Margaret R. Miles is Dean and d Academic Vice-President of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and is President of the American Academy of Religion. She was formerly Bussey Professor of historical Theology at Harvard University. Her previous books include Image as Insight: Visual Understanding in Western Christianity and Secular Culture, Carnal Knowing: female Nakedness and Religious Meaning in the Christian West, Seeing an Believing: Religion and values in the Movies, and, most recently, Reading for Life: Beauty, Pluralism, and Responsibility (1998).

Editorial Reviews

"This book puts a new and provocative perspective on the cultureand intellectual world of late antiquity. With her interest in thebody on the one hand, and her interest in pagan philosophyalongside Christian thought on the other, Miles is also able toopen up Plotinus' philosophy to our own postmodern times byrelating the interest in the soul - for which Plotinus is famous -to that of the body as being necessarily complementary in anydebate about human self." Willemien Otten, Utrecht University

"The author brings the ancient world alive. She does not glossover the profound differences between ancient and modern societies,but at the same time points to some fascinating parallels. Anyonewho reads Miles's study will be asking questions aboutconstructions of the "self" and one's place in the universe. Thisbeautifully written book displays a fine interdisciplinary senseand a grasp of ancient literature and contemporary scholarship thatone can only admire." Margaret Y. MacDonald, St Francis XavierUniversity, Nova Scotia.

"This study is very nicely done and provides an excellentintroduction to Plotinus' thought. In brief, a strong, appealing,but not uncritical case for Plotinus as a secular theologian."Religious Studies Review

"This is a splendid, non-technical introduction to andinterpretation of the central concerns of Plotinus's philosophy. Bysketching the social and cultural conditions of Plotinus'sthird-century CE Rome, Margaret Miles achieves a convincingaccount. Highly recommended to historians, philosophers, andstudents of religion." International Review of BiblicalStudies

"Sparked by the dramatic juxtaposition of Plotinus and thethemes of body and beauty, drawing from career-long experience ofteaching Plotinus, and writing with an eloquence and directness notunlike his own, Miles has convincingly demonstrated that Plotinuscan indeed be a window between third-century Rome and the world ofour own experience and concerns. More than that, she has written athorough and dependable introduction to his philosophy." Journal ofthe American Academy of Religion

"This sympathetic and passionate reading of Plotinus deservesthe attention of scholars and anyone interested in ancientreligious thought. I recommend this animated and well-informedstudy of one of the great spirits of late antiquity." Journal ofReligion

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