‘Upper’ Mereology of Human Soul and Salvation according to Hermias of Alexandria

Benedetto Neola

University of Salerno (Italy) and Sorbonne Université (France) , Italy


With my article, I try to show how the Neoplatonist Hermias of Alexandria (c. 410-455 AD) elaborated on Plato’s arguments on the immortality of the human soul in order to forge a coherent psychological and ontological system which is in tune with a precise ethics of salvation. In the final Appendix, I propose that these doctrines of the soul were not just erudite theories but turned out to be an actual and effective tool for coping with the threatening moments of the everyday life (notably for coping with the loss of the beloved ones and for facing death).


Neoplatonism, Hermias of Alexandria, Plato's Phaedrus, Doctrine of the Soul, Eschatology

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Neola, B. (2022). ‘Upper’ Mereology of Human Soul and Salvation according to Hermias of Alexandria. Vox Patrum, 82, 31–52. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.12892

Benedetto Neola  benedetto.neola05@gmail.com
University of Salerno (Italy) and Sorbonne Université (France) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1692-4972


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