chapter  1
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In the course of Western history, it turned out that the Neoplatonic understanding of Platonic philosophy became the reading of Plato, to finally gradually crumble away only as a result of the rise of modern philological and historical scholarship emerging in the seventeenth century. God creates formation and definite beings encountered in the world, although where this usually happens directly in monotheistic religious systems, in Neoplatonism this creation happens through the intermediaries of Intellect and Soul. In general, Plotinus explicit distinction between the soul and the self opens a new way to enquire into human nature. Within the human being there is a power to identify oneself with different aspects of one's nature. The soul is in possession of cognitive capacities, perhaps even innate concepts that crucially help in organizing and interpreting empirical evidence. Central to the Neoplatonic view of beauty is the idea that beauty is itself transcendent, but shines through in the material entities.