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Memory and Recollection in Plotinus

Dmitri Nikulin
  • New School of Social Research, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA
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Published Online: 2014-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2014-0009


Beginning with an outline of memory and recollection in Plato and Aristotle, this paper argues that establishing the role of memory and recollection in their mutual relation in Plotinus requires a careful reconstruction. Whereas memory for Plotinus is not a storage of images or imprints that come either from the sensible or the intelligible but rather is a power capable of producing memories, recollection takes the form of a discursive rational rethinking and reproduction of the soul’s experience of the noetic objects. Recollection, then, is a triple motion of the descent, stay, and return of the soul to the intelligible.

Published Online: 2014-06-01

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Volume 96, Issue 2, Pages 183–201, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2014-0009, June 2014

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