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Volume 5, 2007

Plotin et le Néoplatonisme

Annick Charles-Saget
Pages 65-78

Le Moi et son Visage. Visage et Lumière selon Plotin

For Plotinus, the human face is that part of the body where the light of intelligibility can be shown through in the best way. It is why the face is beautiful, and, for this reason, it can be compared to the most beautiful things of the world. The stars, for example. But an issue raises immediately: when the face is compared to things of beauty, is not the actual meaning of the human face that could be lost? This question can be thought again in the Christian world, and also, thanks to Emmanuel Levinas, in the contemporary philosophy.

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