The study Those Who Gaze and Are Affected. The Memory of Intelligibles and the Anagogic Process According to Plotinus, Treatise 33 [II 9] 16 addresses the question of the relation between sense perception and the memory of intelligibles in the experience of beauty as described by Plotinus in treatise 33 [Enn. II 9] 16. 39-56. Through an analysis of this passage, the author compares the process of recollection to that of the ascension of the soul who, even in her embodied life, can rise up to the intelligibles. This process may find a starting point in sense perception. However, sense perception can only exercise this function if it approaches sensible objects not in isolation, but in relation to the intelligible. When the soul grasps the presence of the intelligible in that which it perceives, it no longer sees the latter as merely a sensible object, but rather as an imitation of the intelligible. The soul thus establishes a link between the two levels: it is affected, experiences pleasure, and rises up to the intelligible. Reminiscence is therefore a complex process. It may be regarded as a circuit comprising three fundamental aspects: a) turning towards sensible objects; b) acknowledging sensible objects as imitations and, on account of the affection this engenders, transcending them; c) rising up to the contemplation of the intelligible. These three aspects do not correspond to three successive moments, but rather to a single, simultaneous movement. What the recollection of intelligibles implies, then, is not the complete rejection of the empirical perspective, but its transcendence through an affection that leads the soul to abandon its ordinary view of the world and recover the intelligibles buried within her.

Taormina, D.P. (2015). COLORO CHE GUARDANO E PROVANO UN TURBAMENTO. MEMORIA DEGLI INTELLIGIBILI E PERCORSO ANAGOGICO SECONDO PLOTINO, TRATTATO 33 [II 9] 16. RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA, 70(3), 495-508.

COLORO CHE GUARDANO E PROVANO UN TURBAMENTO. MEMORIA DEGLI INTELLIGIBILI E PERCORSO ANAGOGICO SECONDO PLOTINO, TRATTATO 33 [II 9] 16

TAORMINA, DANIELA PATRIZIA
2015

Abstract

The study Those Who Gaze and Are Affected. The Memory of Intelligibles and the Anagogic Process According to Plotinus, Treatise 33 [II 9] 16 addresses the question of the relation between sense perception and the memory of intelligibles in the experience of beauty as described by Plotinus in treatise 33 [Enn. II 9] 16. 39-56. Through an analysis of this passage, the author compares the process of recollection to that of the ascension of the soul who, even in her embodied life, can rise up to the intelligibles. This process may find a starting point in sense perception. However, sense perception can only exercise this function if it approaches sensible objects not in isolation, but in relation to the intelligible. When the soul grasps the presence of the intelligible in that which it perceives, it no longer sees the latter as merely a sensible object, but rather as an imitation of the intelligible. The soul thus establishes a link between the two levels: it is affected, experiences pleasure, and rises up to the intelligible. Reminiscence is therefore a complex process. It may be regarded as a circuit comprising three fundamental aspects: a) turning towards sensible objects; b) acknowledging sensible objects as imitations and, on account of the affection this engenders, transcending them; c) rising up to the contemplation of the intelligible. These three aspects do not correspond to three successive moments, but rather to a single, simultaneous movement. What the recollection of intelligibles implies, then, is not the complete rejection of the empirical perspective, but its transcendence through an affection that leads the soul to abandon its ordinary view of the world and recover the intelligibles buried within her.
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Plotinus; soul; recollection of intelligibles; sense perception; affection
Taormina, D.P. (2015). COLORO CHE GUARDANO E PROVANO UN TURBAMENTO. MEMORIA DEGLI INTELLIGIBILI E PERCORSO ANAGOGICO SECONDO PLOTINO, TRATTATO 33 [II 9] 16. RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA, 70(3), 495-508.
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