Understanding NeoPlatonismwithPierre Grimes

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pierre grimes philosophical midwifery

Pierre Grimes, PhD, is a specialist in classical Greek philosophy. He is the founder of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. He is also founder of the Noetic Society in the Los Angeles area. He is author of Philosophical Midwifery: A New Paradigm for Understanding Human Problems, Socrates and Jesus: A Dialogue in Heaven, and Unblocking: Removing Blocks to Understanding. He is also a decorated veteran of the second world war.

Here he points out that the Neoplatonists deviated from Plato’s original emphasis on the Self. He regards their interest in theurgy as a decadent development. However, he holds that there is a continuous Hellenic, philosophical tradition extending from the pre-Socratic philosophers through Plato and Aristotle to the Neoplatonists. He also suggests that the Buddhist philosophy of Nagarjuna may have been influenced by Sextus Empericus and the Pyrrhonist school of Greek philosophy.

(Recorded on April 16, 2018)

Published on May 16, 2018


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