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978-0-7391-6775-5 • Hardback • November 2011 • $120.00 • (£92.00)
978-0-7391-6776-2 • eBook • December 2011 • $114.00 • (£88.00)
Mark J. Nyvlt is an assistant professor at the Dominican University College, Ottawa.
Foreword by Klaus Brinkmann
Chapter One: Aristotle On The Platonic Two-Principles Doctrine:
The One and The Indefinite Dyad
Chapter Two: Speusippus and Aristotle
Chapter Three: Aristotelian Henology
Chapter Four: The Anatomy of Aristotle’s Metaphysics
Chapter Five: The Unmoved Mover and The Simplicity and Priority of nou:V: Metaphysics L 7, De Anima III.4-5, and Metaphysics L 9
Chapter Six: The =Epistrofhv of the One and The Derivation of nou:V
Chapter Seven: Plotinus On Phantasia: Phantasia As The Home Of Self-Consciousness Within The Soul
Chapter Eight: Alcinous and Alexander On The Intelligibles Within nou:V
Chapter Nine: Plotinus On The Simplicity of nou:V: An Appropriation And Critique Of Aristotle’s Noetic Doctrine
The philosophical ambitions of this study are wonderful. . . .Nyvlt tries to avoid broad strokes and boldly strides into the scholarly controversies concerning his historical study. . . .Nyvlt’s study will be a stimulating. . . .read for scholars interested in the philosophy of God and in ancient philosophy. Let us look forward to his future work.
— Review of Metaphysics
The strength of Nyvlt’s book lies in its discussion of Nous in the larger context of the
first principles of ancient metaphysics, and the extensive analysis of the historical influences
on Plotinian Nous.
— Journal of the History of Philosophy
When Hegel and Heidegger said of a book or play that it is an impressive technical achievement, but we are not changed by experiencing it, they claim we encounter an Erlebnis, a mere entertainment or an interlude. When they say we have been transformed by a work, we experience an Erfahrung. Plotinus and Aristotle on the Intellect is more than a highly original and insightful study of a foundational metaphysical principle, an Erlebnis. This work is among those surprising books which forces us to rethink traditional explanations of Aristotle, Alexander, and Plotinus. The author compels us to examine Nous and the One within the history of ancient philosophy and beyond. What follows from such a request is a significant transformation of our understanding of Intellect’s metaphysical significance. It is in this sense that this book is an Erfahrung.
— Robert M. Berchman, Dowling College and Senior Fellow at Bard College
Nyvlt’s opus provides us with new, creative insights into the Ancient metaphysics of the first principle. An advocate of the Aristotelian position of the supremacy of the Nous, Nyvlt’s comparative approach of Aristotle and Plotinus remains always fair and non partisan. His reading is scrupulous and intelligent and if one may not agree with all his conclusions, one cannot but acknowledge the solidity and subtlety of his argumentation.
— Bernard Collette, Université Laval