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dc.contributor.authorHiggins-Brake, Aaron
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-18T13:02:04Z
dc.date.available2015-08-18T13:02:04Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/60352
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates Plotinus’ Ennead VI.8 [39] with a view to reevaluating what scholars have frequently considered to be the problematic implications of his metaphysical thought, and, in particular, Plotinus’ supposed irrationalism. Our investigation shows that Plotinus is careful to develop an account of freedom that is distinct from acting arbitrarily, without thereby being necessitated or compelled – a development that is already clear in his reflections on human action. Plotinus’ account culminates in his novel reinterpretation of the first principle, the Good, as the will of itself. Because this is simultaneously the cause of all things and the end to which they seek to return, Plotinus here locates the ground of our own freedom as well as the goal of our ethical striving.en_US
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dc.subjectPlotinusen_US
dc.subjectNeoplatonismen_US
dc.subjectFreedomen_US
dc.titleFreedom and the Good: A Study of Plotinus' Ennead VI.8 [39]en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.defence2015-08-06
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Classicsen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinern/aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Peter O'Brienen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Michael Fournieren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Eli Diamonden_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Wayne Hankeyen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
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