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Human Soul and Non-Human Intellect

(Original title: Ľudská duša a mimoľudský intelekt)
Filozofia, 69 (2014), 7, 613-622.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

In the contribution two Plotinus ́ treatises are scrutinized in order to unveil the possible self-giveness of soul on one side and intellect on the other. Plotinus ́ concept of soul borders on the definition of a human being (whose constitution depends on the soul descending into him), while the intellect is divine, non-human. In Plotinus self-giveness means self-knowledge, self-reflection or self-awareness. The question is, whether self-knowledge as the highest knowledge is related to the soul, or to the intellect alone. Even though the author outlines what could be regarded as the self- knowledge of soul, he questions the independent existence of this self of soul. Soul is not self-given in knowledge, it is rather self-given by intellect. This, strangely enough, corresponds with M. Henry’s conception of the relationship between the Self (i.e. soul in Plotinus) and Life (i.e. Intellect in Plotinus).


Cogito, Contemplation, Intellect, Plotinus, Self-reflection, Soul, Virtue

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