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Iamblichus (c. AD 242–327)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A062-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

The late ancient philosopher Iamblichus was, alongside Plotinus and Porphyry, a founder of Neoplatonism. He established a new curriculum for the teaching of philosophy and formulated many distinctions that pervaded later Neoplatonic metaphysics. He began to mathematize all fields of philosophical concern. Most of all, he asserted that acts of transcendence, not contemplation, secure union with the divine, because it can only be reached by an equally divine faculty, which is present in every individual. Matter, soul and mind contain images of the divine and so are genuine participants in salvation.

Citing this article:
Siorvanes, Lucas. Iamblichus (c. AD 242–327), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A062-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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