- a philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Eastern mysticism, with later influences from Christianity. It holds that all existence consists of emanations from the One with whom the soul may be reunited.
Origin of Neoplatonism
Examples from the Web for neoplatonist
A friend of mine once asked him, "Are you a Christian or a Neoplatonist?"Painted Windows
This examination is, in two respects, in striking contrast to that of certain other Neoplatonist writers.
The dialogue hardly derives any light from Plato's other writings, and still less from Scholiasts and Neoplatonist writers.Cratylus
Plotinus, the Neoplatonist, said: “God is not the principal of beings, but the principle of principles.”The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul
Jirah D. Buck
Stobaeus in the Sermones collected a number of ethical dicta of one Eusebius, who may perhaps be identical with the Neoplatonist.
Word Origin and History for neoplatonist
also Neo-platonism, 1827, a philosophical and religious system mixing Platonic ideas and oriental mysticism, originating 3c. at Alexandria, especially in writings of Plotinus, Porphyry, and Proclus. Neoplatonian is attested from 1831. Related: Neoplatonic; Neoplatonist.