Neoplatonism is a term used to designate a strand of platonic philosophy that began with plotinus in the third century ad against the background of hellenistic philosophy and religion  [note 2] the term does not encapsulate a set of ideas as much as it encapsulates a chain of thinkers which began with ammonious saccas and his student. Start studying stoicism & neoplatonism ii learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Neoplatonism is the modern name given to the form of platonism developed by plotinus in the 3rd century ce and modified by his successors it came to dominate the greek philosophical schools and remained predominant until the teaching of philosophy by pagans ended in the second half of the 6th century ce.
Platonism, rendered as a proper noun, is the philosophy of plato or the name of other philosophical systems considered closely derived from it in narrower usage, platonism, rendered as a common noun, refers to the philosophy that affirms the existence of abstract objects, which are asserted to exist in a third realm distinct both from the sensible external world and from the internal. Platonism had a profound effect on western thought, and many platonic notions were adopted by the christian church which understood plato's forms as god's thoughts, while neoplatonism became a major influence on christian mysticism, in the west through st augustine, doctor of the catholic church whose christian writings were heavily influenced. Tomorrow is the big event on stoicism for everyday life in london, at which mark vernon and i will be discussing the relationship between stoicism and christianity mark has an interesting story to tell – he was a priest, who then left christianity and found an alternative in greek philosophy.
Neoplatonism also had links with gnosticism, which plotinus rebuked in his ninth tractate of the second enneads: against those that affirm the creator of the kosmos and the kosmos itself to be evil (generally known as against the gnostics. Comparison of epicureanism and stoicism, in physical and spiritual categories.
Neoplatonism amalgamated many of the dominant strands of hellenistic thought from of course plato, but also aristotleanism and stoicism, among others so it appears to me that their key point of difference was that stoicism looked to the material for truth and the place of the divine, while neoplatonism looked to 'that which comes prior. Epicureanism holds pleasure, primarily in the form of tranquility or absence of pain, to be the chief good stoicism holds virtue, or living according to reason, to be the sole good.
What are the main differences between epicureanism and stoicism update cancel if you had to pick a philosophy for life, would you choose epicureanism, stoicism or cynicism what are the main differences between epicureanism and cynicism. The universe is the result of random combinations of atoms into four elements, and elements into existing matterthe universe will end when one element (earth, air, fire, water) totally dominates [this is one view] cyclical conflagrations and re-creations no real beginning, no final end, only a continuous flux of elements. Neoplatonism was a major influence on christian theology throughout late antiquity and the middle ages in the west this was due to st augustine of hippo, who was influenced by the early neoplatonists plotinus and porphyry, as well as the works of the christian writer pseudo-dionysius the areopagite, who was influenced by later neoplatonists, such as proclus and damascius.